The European premiere of Little Miss Sunshine at Arcola Theatre will star Olivier nominee Laura Pitt-Pulford as Sheryl, the matriarch of the eccentric Hoover family, Olivier award winner Gary Wilmot as Grandpa (the role that won Alan Arkin an Academy award), Gabriel Vick as Sheryl’s husband Richard, two-time Olivier nominee Paul Keating as Sheryl’s brother Frank and Sev Keoshgerian as Sheryl’s son Dwayne.
The off-Broadway hit musical opens at the Arcola Theatre, London on 21 March 2019 running for a seven-week season before embarking on a UK tour. Further casting for the tour to be announced shortly.
The role of Olive will be shared by Sophie Hartley Booth, Evie Gibson and Lily Mae Denman.
Ian Carlyle is Larry/Buddy, Imelda Warren-Green is Linda/Miss California and Matthew McDonald is Joshua Rose/Kirby.
Completing the cast are the ‘Mean Girls’ who will be performed by Chloe Raphael, Ava Hurley, Ellicia Simondwood, Elodie Salmon, Summer Pelley, Ava Masters, Josselyn Ospina Escobar, Saffia Richards and Yvie Bent.
Based on the Academy Award-winning film by Michael Arndt, Little Miss Sunshine is the off-beat musical comedy created by the Tony Award-winning team of James Lapine (who collaborated with Stephen Sondheim on Into the Woods and Sunday in the Park with George) and William Finn (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Falsettos). This new production is directed by Arcola’s Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen with design by David Woodhead, musical direction by Arlene McNaught, lighting design by Richard Williamson, sound design by Olly Steel, and choreography by Anthony Whiteman.
The Hoover family has more than a few troubles, but young Olive has her heart set on winning the Little Miss Sunshine beauty contest. When an invitation to compete comes out of the blue, the Hoovers must pile into their rickety, yellow VW camper van. Can it survive the 800-mile trip from New Mexico to California – and more importantly, can they? This inventive and uplifting musical celebrates the quirks of every family, the potholes in every road, and the power of overcoming our differences.
The show runs from 21 March – Saturday 11 May 2019 (press night on 1 April) at the Arcola Theatre, London then touring.
Further casting for the tour will be announced shortly.
For tour dates go to:
Arcola Theatre (Arcola Studio 1)
24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London E8 3DL
Thursday 21 March - Saturday 11 May 2019 (Previews: 21 March - 30 March 2019)
Press night: Monday 1 April 2019, 7pm
Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm
Saturday matinees at 3pm
Wednesday matinees - 24 April, 1 May, 8 May at 3pm
£30 | £25 | £20 | £10
Previews £26 | £22 | £18 | £10
Pay What You Can Tuesdays - limited allocation in person from 6pm
www.arcolatheatre.com / 020 7503 1646
UK TOUR DATES
LONDON | Arcola Theatre
21 March 2019– 11 May 2019
LONDON | Churchill Theatre Bromley
16 May 2019– 18 May 2019
IPSWICH | New Wolsey Theatre
20 May 2019– 25 May 2019
SALFORD | Quays Theatre, The Lowry
27 May 2019– 1 June 2019
YORK | Grand Opera House
3 June 2019– 8 June 2019
BRIGHTON | Theatre Royal Brighton
11 June 2019– 15 June 2019
BRADFORD | Alhambra Theatre
17 June 2019– 22 June 2019
WOKING | New Victoria Theatre
24 June 2019– 29 June 2019
GLASGOW | King’s Theatre
1 July 2019– 6 July 2019
BIRMINGHAM | The Alexandra Theatre
15 July 2019– 20 July 2019
CANTERBURY | The Marlowe Theatre
31 July 2019– 3 August 2019
BLACKPOOL | Opera House
6 August 2019– 10 August 2019
DUBLIN | Olympia Theatre
12 August 2019– 17 August 2019
WORCESTERSHIRE | Malvern Theatres
27 August 2019– 31 August 2019
LEICESTER | Leicester Haymarket Theatre
3 September 2019– 7 September 2019
ABERDEEN | His Majesty’s Theatre
17 September 2019– 21 September 2019
EXETER | Northcott Theatre
30 September 2019– 5 October 2019
EASTBOURNE | Devonshire Park Theatre
8 October 2019– 12 October 2019
INVERNESS | Eden Court Theatre
22 October 2019– 26 October 2019
EDINBURGH | King’s Theatre
12 November 2019– 16 November 2019