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Coraline - A Musical coming to HOME in Manchester May 2025

After worldwide success as a bestselling book and cult movie, Coraline – A Musical is now set to thrill audiences in the spring 2025 with a national tour that stops at HOME in May.

This exciting new musical is based on the novel by Neil Gaiman (The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Good OmensDoctor Who) and adapted by award-winning playwright and screenwriter Zinnie Harris, with music and lyrics by British musician and songwriter Louis Barabbas. This family-friendly musical aimed at anyone aged 9+.

 A co-production between HOME, Leeds Playhouse, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Birmingham Rep, Coraline – A Musical will be directed by Leeds Playhouse Artistic Director and Chief Executive James Brining (Oliver!, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – The Musical, The Wizard of Oz). It is a darkly imaginative, richly rendered fantasy story that will take audiences on an adventure into a mysterious world under the spell of the button-eyed, deeply sinister “Other Mother”. 

 Zinnie Harris said: “I first came across Coraline when reading books to my children, and was blown away by the inventiveness of the world and this strange Other Mother, a woman that looks exactly like your mother and yet has buttons for eyes. It’s weird and scary but ultimately full of truth about facing fears – I know a number of young people who said that reading the story as a child helped them get through difficult times. Coraline is a kind of hero for us all in that way.

“It’s a joy to work with Gaiman’s text, the narrative translates well – this epic adventure that sees a little girl battling the weirdest of adversaries and ultimately using her grit and courage to win through.”

First published in 2002 by British author Neil GaimanCoraline is celebrated for its gothic charm and the empowering journey of its young protagonist. Following in its darkly thrilling footsteps, Coraline – A Musical explores the fascinating spaces created by alternate realities. As young Coraline moves into a new home with her family, she soon discovers that things are not what they seem. The roof leaks, the wallpaper is peeling off the walls, the new neighbours are a little eccentric and her parents are so busy they hardly notice her at all.  

 As Coraline explores her new home, she discovers a mysterious door, an entrance to a parallel “perfect” world. But not everything is as it seems – and everyone has buttons for eyes! 

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