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28 Jul 2017 - 30 Jul 2017 | Lyric Theatre

From the novel by Jonathan Swift
A musical adaptation with songs by Duke Special & book & lyrics by Andrew Doyle

Lyric Theatre Belfast
28-30 July 2017


Acclaimed team bring spectacular musical Gulliver’s Travels to Northern Ireland – its place of inspiration


  • Music by Duke Special (platinum-selling singer-songwriter)
  • Written by Andrew Doyle (acclaimed comedian)
  • Directed by Des Kennedy (Once the Musical, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child)
  • With 40 talented performers and musicians from across Ireland and the UK
  • Part of YMT’s ambitious 2017 summer season of new music theatre
  • With support from Arts Council Northern Ireland
  • YMT’s fourth consecutive year at the Lyric Theatre Belfast


Youth Music Theatre UK return to Lyric Theatre Belfast with their critically-acclaimed, sell out musical Gulliver’s Travels, 28-30 July. A spectacular musical adaptation from much-admired, Belfast born, singer-songwriter Duke Special; Stand-up comedian Andrew Doyle; Director Des Kennedy (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) and the creative team behind West End hit Once the Musical.

Washed ashore by a devastating shipwreck, Lemuel Gulliver sets out on a whirlwind expedition. Voyage to unknown lands and lose yourself in a world of mythical creatures as Jonathan Swift’s classic satire is brought to life on stage – evoking a magical world like no other. This rip-roaring, fantastical, pop-rock extravaganza will be performed by YMT’s musical stars of tomorrow, who follow in the footsteps of alumni such as Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and Lauren Samuels. Step aboard; the adventure awaits.

 “I am really proud of the original production of Gulliver’s Travels and the songs I wrote with the librettist – Andrew Doyle. YMT (Youth Music Theatre UK) is a fantastic company with very high production values and a great ethos in working with young people.  I can’t wait to see the new version!” Duke Special

 “Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels is an endlessly surprising novel. When I started this project I was keen to retain the lesser-known locations from the novel. Throughout the process I’ve had the good fortune to be working with an exceptionally talented creative team.” Andrew Doyle

The cast includes over 40 talented performers aged 11-21 years, who were selected from a national auditions tour, where 1,000 young people auditioned across the UK and Ireland. See the UK’s next generation of talent here. Rehearsals begin on 10 July, the show will come together in just three weeks, then runs at Lyric Theatre Belfast from 28-30 July. Gulliver’s Travels is presented by YMT in association with Lyric Theatre Belfast and commissioned with funding from Arts Council Northern Ireland. Duke Special has just finished a year at Lyric Belfast as Artist in Residence.

The YMT Company of 2017 is made up of 300 talented young performers and musicians. YMT offers young people the opportunity to work with exciting composers, established directors and innovative movement specialists, developing the music theatre of the future. YMT’s aim is the personal and creative development of young people through the creation and performance of music theatre.

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