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Full cast announced for Side Show UK premiere at the Southwark Playhouse
Cast announced for UK premiere.
Joining the previously announced Louise Dearman and Laura Pitt-Pulford as conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, are 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.
Inspired by the true story of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, Side Show is described as a remarkable musical about love, acceptance and embracing the unique. "We meet the Hilton Sisters as the 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?"
The musical, which features music by Henry Krieger, book and lyrics by Bill Russell, and additional book material by Bill Condon, originally opened on Broadway in October 1997 and ran for just 91 performances. A revival was remounted by director Bill Condon and opened on Broadway in November 2014 following a try-out in Washington DC and closed after just 56 performances. The show has yet to be seen in London in a professional setting.
Side Show will be directed by Hannah Chissick with choreography by Matthew Cole, design by takis, musical direction by Jo Cichonska, musical supervision and additional orchestrations by Simon Hale and sound design by Dan Simpson.
Louise Dearman is the first performer to have played both roles of Elphaba and Glinda in 'Wicked the Musical' at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in London's West End. She is currently starring in the UK tour of 'Guys and Dolls'.
Laura Pitt-Pulford was recently nominated for an Olivier Award for her performance in the Open Air Regent's Park production of 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers'. She has starred in Southwark Playhouse productions of 'Mack and Mabel' and 'Parade', and recently starred in the new musical 'Flowers For Mrs Harris' at the Sheffield Crucible Theatre.
Haydn Oakley will star as Henri Baurel in An American in Paris when it opens in the West End in March. Previous credits include English National Opera's production of Sunset Boulevard (London Coliseum), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Playhouse Theatre) and The Book of Mormon (Prince of Wales Theatre).
Tickets to Side Show are now on sale.