A new stage musical of the classic comedy film Groundhog Day will have its world premiere at the Old Vic in London next year. The show will be directed by the Vic's new artistic director Matthew Warchus, who takes over the role from Kevin Spacey.

Groundhog DayBill Murray starred in Groundhog Day, a classic of its genre

Other plays set for Warchus's inaugural season include Ibsen's The Master Builder starring Ralph Fiennes, and Harold Pinter's The Caretaker, with Timothy Spall.

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Warchus described his first season - which also includes a stage adaptation of Dr Seuss's The Lorax - reflected a "something for everyone" approach.

Still, Groundhog Day is the most high profile of the new offerings and reunites the creative team behind the hit musical Matilda - composer Tim Minchin, choreographer Peter Darling and designer Rob Howell. The trio will work with the film's co-writer Danny Rubin.

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Groundhog Dog tells the story of a grumpy TV weatherman who is sent to the town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania and gets stuck in a time loop, living the same day over and over again.

In an interview with the BBC, Warchus described the show as "an intelligent mainstream Broadway classic" that was perfect for the Old Vic.

"It needs a large audience and a large stage, and I wanted to start it in this country, so it's the perfect match."

"It is really about how little time you have to become the best version of yourself. It's sophisticated meaty stuff in a romantic comedy package."

Groundhog Day will premiere in June 2016 before heading to the Broadway stage.