Updated 14th September: Full casting has now been announced: Joining Louise Dearman and Laura Pitt-Pulford areare Haydn Oakley as Terry Connor, Jay Marsh as Jake, Dominic Hodson as Buddy Foster, Christopher Howell as The Boss/Sir, Lala Barlow as Bearded Lady, Oliver Marshall as Dog, David Muscat as Human Pin Cushion, Nuwan Hugh Perera as Sheik Fakir, Agnes Pure as Snake Lady, Nuno Queimado as Reptile Man, Kirstie Skivington as Half Man Half Woman and Genevieve Taylor as Dolly Dimples.
Louise Dearman & Laura Pitt-Pulford are to star as the Hilton sisters in the revised version of Side Show (featuring additional material by Bill Condon) at Southwark Playhouse. Directed by Hannah Chissick, Side Show will open on 26th October (previews from 21st October) and run until 3rd December 2016.
Louise Dearman (Daisy) is best known for being the first actress to star as both Glinda and Elphaba in the hit musical Wicked, playing both roles to great acclaim in the West End. Her many other theatre credits include Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls (UK Tour), Bianca in Kiss Me Kate (Royal Albert Hall), Mrs D in The Water Babies (Leicester Curve), Eva Peron in Evita (UK Tour) and Jan in Grease (West End).
Laura Pitt-Pulford (Violet) received a 2016 Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. Other recent credits include Flowers for Mrs Harris (Sheffield Crucible), Nancy in Oliver! (Leicester Curve), The Smallest Show on Earth (UK Tour), Follies in Concert (Royal Albert Hall), Maria in The Sound of Music (Leicester Curve) and The Light Princess (National Theatre).
With music by Henry Krieger and lyrics by Bill Russell, Side Show is inspired by the true story of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton. Described as "a remarkable musical about love, acceptance and embracing the unique" telling ttrue story of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton who make ends meet playing a headline act at a seedy side show, languishing under the rule of an oppressive ringmaster. But when spotted by a talent agent, they are thrust into the spotlight of the famed 1920’s Orpheum Circuit. They soon become the highest paid vaudeville stars of their time, but whilst Daisy relishes the spotlight, Violet wishes for a quiet life with a man she loves, and who loves her. Can they balance their individual dreams with their inescapable physical connection? Side Show is a heartwarming search for first love and acceptance, amidst the spectacle of fame and scrutiny under the spotlight.
Side Show is presented by Paul Taylor-Mills, who returns to Southwark Playhouse following his Olivier nominated production of In The Heights and award winning production of Carrie: The Musical. Side Show features a score by Dreamgirls composer Henry Krieger and lyrics by Bill Russell (Elegies for Angels and Punks and Raging Queens).
Emily Skinner and Alice Ripley starred in the original 1997 Broadway production with Emily Padgett and Erin Davie leading the 2014 Broadway revival.
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