Barry the Penguin's Black and White Christmas: A Musical Book plus CD

Barry the Penguin's Black and White Christmas: A Musical by Lesley Ross and John-Victor Book plus CD

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National theatre company PERFECT PITCH present an original children’s book based on the stage musical by Lesley Ross & John-Victor. Including fantastic songs, beautiful illustrations by Matt Rowe and narration by Dr Who’s CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON

Follow the penguin and see the world in black and white...

Barry is a penguin detective with enough gumption to carry him from one end of the earth to the other and back again.

When Father Christmas is kidnapped by the evil Bedbug Queen it looks like Christmas will be destroyed forever. Only the chosen one, a girl called Phoebe, can save him. But she hates Christmas…

Will Barry convince her to help him? Will they reach Father Christmas before midnight strikes? Will they have the power to stop the evil Bedbug Queen?

Featuring unforgettable new songs, this is a superbly original, comical story about the importance of friendship, trust and self-belief. The book is accompanied by an audio CD with word-for-word narration, sound effects, and character voices and songs performed by a fantastic West End cast, including Kerry Ellis (Wicked, Les Miserables) & Olivier Award nominee Michael Xavier (Phantom of the Opera, Into the Woods) and Haydn Oakley as Barry the Penguin (Book of Mormon).

A Christmas musical adventure like no other.

CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON said, “This book is great fun, a mad and humorous adaptation of an original new musical. It has been an absolute pleasure to be part of this unique project and I look forward to seeing it all on the stage one day.”

LESLEY ROSS has been writing theatre for young people since he can remember. Highlights include The Little Tempest for the National Theatre, The Ghana Dream for Theatre Royal Plymouth and Rameo&Ewelietfor Unknown Theatre. Musical Theatre composer JOHN-VICTOR has just released his debut album Shoot...Bang! Two of his musicals featured on the album are being developed by Perfect Pitch, including Barry The Penguin – A Black & White Christmas. John-Victor was also a finalist for the Perfect Pitch Award 2014. RACHEL BELLMAN has adapted the stage musical into this wonderful book as part of her role as Literary Associate for PERFECT PITCH – a national theatre company dedicated to the development of new British musicals.


AUDIO CD CAST (in order of appearance):
Phoebe Foster: KATE HUME
Barry the Penguin: HAYDN OAKLEY
Bed Bug Queen: KERRY ELLIS
Sister Actavia: LOUISE JAMESON

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