Lauren Samuels joins Louise Dearman in Water Babies

A New Musical

Music by Chris Egan

Book and Lyrics by Ed Curtis and Guy Jones

Director: Ed Curtis

Produced by Peter Shaw and Joanna Cecil for Water Babies Musical UK Limited

Executive Producer Tristan Baker

Lauren Samuels joins Louise Dearman in Water Babies

Lauren Samuels joins Louise Dearman in Water Babies

Lauren Samuels joins Louise Dearman in the world première of a brand new musical inspired by Charles Kingsley’s classic novel, The Water Babies. Hinckley born actress Lauren Samuels returns to Curve where she made her professional stage debut. A finalist in Andrew Lloyd’s Webber search for Dorothy – Over the Rainbow, her career has since flourished to the West End and beyond.


Directed by Ed Curtis, with music by Chris Egan, and book and lyrics by Ed Curtis and Guy Jones, this enthralling new musical, with landmark special effects, will open on 6 May, with previews from the 24 April, and run until 17 May. Cementing its reputation for staging major new musicals, Curve sets Water Babies on its journey.


Tom, our orphaned teenage hero, is framed for a crime he didn’t commit. In a desperate attempt to escape capture he is trapped on the edge of a waterfall. His only choice is to jump. Awakening in the depths of the ocean he encounters the mysterious Mrs D, and a whole new world of enchantment, danger and adventure.


Desperate to get back to the girl he loves Tom must brave underwater challenges in a world beyond his wildest imagination. Together with the unlikeliest of friends he embarks on a quest to find a way back to land. However he soon finds it’s not just his fate he holds in his hands, but also that of the mysterious and elusive gang of Water Babies.



It’s time for Tom to face his worst fears…it’s time to believe in himself and that anything is possible.


Inspired by Charles Kingsley’s much-loved novel, this spellbinding new production uses some of the most sophisticated special effects ever seen on stage.


Enter a breath-taking underwater world of magic and adventure in this funny, touching and unforgettable new musical.


Charles Kingsley’s 1863 Victorian morality tale is a literary classic. A fantasy, which ’you should not believe a word of… even if it is true’. Producer Peter Shaw’s 1978 film The Water Babies with James Mason, Billie Whitelaw and David Tomlinson opened the story up and liberated it to a wide family audience. It was his intention for some time to reimagine it for the stage. This brand new musical whilst retaining the magic of the original story, takes it into entirely new territory, defying audience expectation.


Lauren Samuels returns to Curve where she made her professional debut playing Wendy in Peter Pan The Musical. Following her success on the Andrew Lloyd’s Webber’s Over the Rainbow (BBC1), she made her West End debut as Sandy in the hit musical Grease (Piccadilly Theatre). She then starred as Scaramouche in We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre) and on its 10th Anniversary World Arena Tour. Other theatre credits include Cathy in The Last 5 Years (Tabard), Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (Cyprus), Yonah in The Children of Eden (Gala Performance, Prince of Wales),  and the title role in Vampirette (Manchester Opera House).


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