Friday, February 13

Cast announced Carrie the Musical at Southwark Playhouse

Updated 7th April:  the cast has just been announced for Carrie: Evelyn Hoskins will star as Carrie White and Kim Criswell will star as her mother Margaret. 

Evelyn  Hoskins played Thea in the original cast of Spring Awakening> at the Lyric Theatre and in the West End, with other theatre credits including Christmas with the Stars (Royal Albert Hall), Cool Rider(Lyric Theatre), This is My Family (Sheffield Crucible) and The Secret Garden (Birmingham Rep). Television credits include the reoccurring roles Lucy in Misfits (E4) and Shona in Casualty (BBC).

Kim Criswell is an Olivier Award-nominated actress whose career spans 4 decades and both sides of the Atlantic. In America, Kim featured in the original Broadway casts of The First, NineBaby and The Threepenny Opera, as well as playing Grizabella in the original LA cast of Cats. In the UK, Kim’s many theatre credits include Singin’ In The Rain in Concert (Royal Festival Hall), Follies (London Palladium), Company (Hackney Empire), On The Town (Royal Festival Hall) and her Olivier-nominated performance in the title role in Annie Get Your Gun (Prince of Wales Theatre).

The cast also features Sarah McNicholas as Sue, Greg Miller Burns as Tommy, Gabriella Williams as Chris, Dex Lee as Billy, Jodie Jacobs as Miss Gardner, David Habbin as Mr Stephens, Molly McGuire as Norma, Bobbie Little as Frieda, Emily McGougan as Helen, Patrick Sullivan as George, Olly Dobson as Freddy and Eddie Myles as Stokes.

Gary Lloyd (director and choreographer of hit show Thriller Live! He  is renowned for his crossover from music to theatre, working as Creative Director on shows including American Idol and The X Factor. Other theatre credits include 20th Century Boy at Coventry Belgrade Theatre and the UK Tour of Aspects Of Love ) is to  direct a revised version of the musical Carrie which is  based on the Stephen King horror novel about  17-year-old American schoolgirl Carrie White who is bullied by her peers  at school and by her frighteningly religious mother at home. She  discovers she has telekenetic powers and when a prank at her high school prom goes horribly wrong, she wields her power to punish everyone who wronged her.  (Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie famously played the leads in the original 1976 film version ).

The original musical  version  had  a pre-Broadway try-out with the RSC in England, followed by a 1988 opening on Broadway (which closed after just 16 previews and 5 performances) starring Linzi Hateley and Betty Buckley as Carrie and her mother.   It was subsequently  re-vamped  by&nbsp original composer Michael Gore, lyricist Dean Pitchford and librettist Lawrence D Cohen for a slightly more successful off-Broadway revival in 2012 with Molly Ranson in the title role..

This is the first time this version wil run on the London stage and it  will be presented  at the Southwark Playhouse from May 1st -30th  for four weeks.

It marks the  the return Producer Paul Taylor-Mills whose recent successes there  include the sell-out season of In The Heights and the critically acclaimed Bat Boy: The Musical earlier this year. The team is holding open auditions  for the part of Carrie.

Tickets for Carrie the Musical

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