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The full cast has been announced for Chichester Festival Theatre's production of The Pajama Game, which opens at the Shaftesbury Theatre on 13 May 2014, following previews from 2 May - booking to 13 Sep 2014.
Joining previously announced Joanna Riding (Babe Williams) and Michael Xavier (Sid Sorokin) will be: Peter Polycarpou (Vernon Hines - until 31 May), Gary Wilmot (Vernon Hines - from 2 June), Alexis Owen Hobbs (Gladys), Claire Machin (Mabel), Colin Stinton (Hasler / Pop), Eugene McCoy (Prez), Siôn Lloyd (Max), Jennie Dale (Mae), Sharon Wattis (Poopsie), Keisha Amponsa Banson (Brenda), Lauren Varnham (Charlene), Jo Morris (Rita), Nolan Frederick (Charley), Richard Jones (Frank), Dan Burton (Earl) and James O’Connell (Joe).
The Pajama Game is directed by Richard Eyre, designed by Tim Hatley, lighting by Howard Harrison, sound by Paul Groothius, choreography Stephen Mear. The show had a sold out run at the Chichester Festival Theatre in 2013. It has words and music by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell, based on Bissell’s novel 7 ½ Cents.
In 1950s America, love is in the air at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory as handsome new Superintendent Sid Sorokin falls head-over- heels for firebrand Union rep Babe Williams. Sparks fly when the employees are refused a seven-and-a-half cents raise, leaving Sid and Babe deliciously at odds as the temperature rises. . . Will love, eventually, conquer all?
Peter Polycarpou's recent London stage credits include The Magistrate (National Theatre), Sweeney Todd (Adelphi Theatre) Love Story (Duchess Theatre and Chichester Festival Theatre). Gary Wilmot has recently appeared in Radio Times (The Watermill and National Tour) and The Invisible Man (Menier Chocolate Factory). Colin Stinton is returning to the West End following his role in the critically acclaimed The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, at the Duchess Theatre last year.