Casting announced for Pippin at Southwark Playhouse

Casting has been announced for the transfer of Tony Award-winning musical Pippin to Southwark Playhouse from the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester.

With a book by Roger O. Hirson, and music and lyrics from Wicked composer Stephen Schwartz, Pippin tells the story of a young prince who searches for passion and adventure he wants injected back into his life. The musical first ran on Broadway in 1972 when it won five Tony Awards.

This new production, directed by Jonathan O’Boyle, opened at the Hope Mill in Manchester in August 2017 and runs in the Large space at the Southwark Playhouse from 23 February to 24 March.

The cast includes Jonathan Carlton, who reprises his role as Pippin, and Genevieve Nicole who returns to the show as The Leading Player.

Carlton’s previous London theatre credits include a performance in The Hired Man at the Union Theatre, and Nicole has appeared in the West End in Guys and Dolls (Savoy Theatre), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Savoy Theatre), Spamalot (Palace Theatre),

The cast is completed by Mairi Barclay, Bradley Judge, Tessa Kadler and Rhidian Marc, Michelle Andrews, Andrew Halliday, Scott Hayward and Ellie Seaton.

Stephen Schwartz says: "I am so pleased that such a successful and well-received production of Pippin has finally happened in the UK, and I'm incredibly excited to be sharing it with a London audience." 

It’s also been announced that this production of Pippin will be dedicated to the memory of Olivia Faulkner, who was a member of the original cast of Pippin in Manchester. Faulkner died in November aged 19, and the production will raise money for the Olivia Faulkner Foundation, set up to raise awareness and to support mental health in young people.

Pippin is at Southwark Playhouse from 23 February to 24 March, with an official opening on 28th February.

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