The first stage version of the ITV comedy Benidorm will open in Newcastle in September ahead of a UK and Ireland tour.
The world premiere of Benidorm Live will be at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle (September 7-15).
Derren Litten, who has written the TV show, has created a new set of adventures in Alicante for the cast members, including Jake Canuso (Mateo), Janine Duvitski (Jacqueline), Adam Gillen (Liam), Sherrie Hewson (Joyce Temple-Savage), Shelley Longworth (Sam), and Tony Maudsley (Kenneth).
Litten said: “I’ve loved 10 years of writing my TV show Benidorm but, despite a successful writing career, I’m first and foremost a performer so have always been secretly frustrated I couldn’t hear the audience’s laughter.
“This national tour of Benidorm Live will not only make a long-lasting dream come true but will also mean I no longer have to stand in strangers’ gardens listening at their windows at 9 o’clock on cold winter evenings.”
Since 2007, there have been nine seasons of the TV comedy, which follows the fortunes of holidaymakers and resort staff. Season 10 is due to broadcast during early 2018.
After Newcastle, the play will move to Edinburgh, Stoke-on-Trent, Dublin, Hull, Milton Keynes, Plymouth, Bradford, Southampton, Liverpool, Bristol and finally Birmingham (November 26-December 1).