Madagascar comes to Leicester

Madagascar the musical will hit the stage of Leicester’s Haymarket Theatre this week. The smash hit musical has some cracking tunes and all of your favourite characters from the Dreamworks classic. I’ll be heading over to see the show for myself, so I’m looking forward to telling you all about it. In the meantime, I managed to bag myself an exclusive interview with Antoine Murray-Straughan, who plays Marty.

Madagascar the Musical
Courtesy of Haymarket Leicester

The Show

Madagascar is the latest in a run of stage adaptations of cartoons. The Madagascar films have been delighting children for nearly 15 years now. How is this production bringing something new to the story?

Whilst the show brings back all of our favourite characters, this production has them singing and dancing like you’ve never seen before! 

What are the challenges in making a popular character like Marty your own?

The challenge for me playing Marty was to try not to copy the movie too much, but at the same time try to incorporate Chris Rock as much as possible so people can relate to him.

What have you enjoyed the most in preparing for the show?

Bonding with the cast!!!

What kind of person is going to love this show?

Everyone, fun for young and old! Perfect for the family.

This show promises to be a visual feast. Which character do you think looks the best?

 The Penguins!

Madagascar is about a group of friends finding themselves on an unexpected adventure. Where in the world would you love to escape to?


More about Antoine

How do you prepare for a show? What is the last thing you do before curtain up?

Stretch my hamstrings, vocal warm up and visualise Chris Rock.

Have you visited Leicester before? What are your experiences of the city?

Never been, looking forward to it.

Later in 2019, you’ll be appearing in a brand new West End musical, & Juliet – what can we look forward to from that show?

It’s a brand new story!! Amazing songs and choreography – Romeo and Juliet told like never before.

Madagascar runs at the Haymarket Theatre from 5th March to 9th March. You can book tickets through the Leicester Haymarket website.


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