Carrot Productions, the world’s most prolific performers of The Snowman film with live orchestra, have been granted exclusive UK rights by Aardman to launch performances of Wallace & Gromit’s Musical Marvels in Spring 2019. Carrot Productions will stage 38 performances at 18 major venues across the UK in May and June 2019. The show will feature not just one but two entertaining Wallace & Gromit adventures: an exclusive Wallace & Gromit Musical Marvels animation, plus all-time favourite The Wrong Trousers.
Live orchestral accompaniment throughout the programme will come from The Picture House Orchestra, a professional orchestra comprising some of the country’s top musicians, drawn from orchestras including the Hallé, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Concert and BBC Scottish among others. The orchestra is conducted by the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Steven Magee, an expert in syncing music to film with split-second precision. The presenter will be Matthew Sharp, the internationally renowned musician, actor, director and performer.
In the first half of the programme the audience gets to witness Wallace preparing to perform his musical masterpiece My Concerto in Ee Lad with help from his faithful companion Gromit… what could possibly go wrong? This interactive experience features specially created animations as well as live orchestral accompaniment and escapades from the Picture House Orchestra and presenter Matthew Sharp.
After the interval audiences will for the first time be able to enjoy the all-time classic animation, The Wrong Trousers, with live orchestral accompaniment.
Speaking about this new venture for her organisation, Carrot Productions’ Managing Director, Rachel Whibley, said: “We are so delighted that Aardman have granted us exclusive rights to launch this tour in the UK. With five years’ experience behind us now of presenting The Snowman to thousands of satisfied audience members across the country, we are well placed to deliver this wonderful Wallace & Gromit programme. It will be a real pleasure to present such a high-quality show in partnership with the inspirational team at Aardman, providing huge fun for audiences of all ages”.
Sean Clarke, Head of Rights and Brand Development, Aardman added: “It is wonderful to see Wallace & Gromit’s Musical Marvels going on a tour in 2019, the 30th anniversary year of Wallace & Gromit! Carrot Productions have produced a fantastic show, featuring live orchestral music for one of Aardman’s best loved shorts, The Wrong Trousers, and we look forward to audiences across the UK having the opportunity to enjoy this unique musical experience.”