It looks like Big The Musical is going to be the must-see show in Ireland over Christmas as its European premiere begins its run at Dublin's Bord Gais Energy Theatre in December.

Irish audiences will be the first on this side of the Atlantic to witness this spectacular musical before it opens in London’s West End next year.

The Broadway hit is based on the classic movie starring Tom Hanks, which tells the story of Josh Baskin, a 12-year-old boy who has his wish to be an adult come true.

Leading an all-star cast, Jay McGuiness (The Wanted singer and Strictly Come Dancing champion) will be joined by West End stars Denise Van Outen as Mrs Baskin, Diana Vickers as Susan Lawrence and Gary Wilmot as George MacMillan, with The Hoosiers' Irwin Sparkes playing Paul.

Legendary producer Michael Rose said: "I am so excited to bring this show to Dublin for the first time, it's a universally appealing story peppered with beautiful songs, stunning sets, tremendous choreography and an all-star cast - it couldn’t get much bigger than this for Christmas."

Big The Musical will play the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre from December 4 to January 7 and tickets are on sale now.