Carrie: The Musical has London premiere at Southwark Playhouse

Carrie The Musical artworkCarrie: The Musical will receive its long awaited London premiere in The Large at Southwark Playhouse from 1–30 May (press night is Wednesday 6 May).

Twenty-seven years after first wreaking havoc, one of the world’s most talked about Broadway musicals is coming to London. Academy Award-winning Dean Pitchford and Michael Gore (Fame), and original screenplay writer Lawrence D. Cohen, have transformed Stephen King’s unlikely Cinderella story into a modern musical.

A taunted and terrified 17-year-old misfit, Carrie White has a burning secret… a secret that will eventually ignite her revenge. Make your date for the Senior Prom to see who will be crowned Queen, and who will have blood on their hands. After one night with Carrie you will always remember her name.

Based on King’s bestselling novel, the musical of Carrie hasn’t been seen since the legendary original production. Produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, it first premiered in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1988 before transferring straight to Broadway, but never made it to London. In 2012, its score and book were revised by original composer Michael Gore, lyricist Dean Pitchford and librettist Lawrence D. Cohen, and this newly reworked and fully re-imagined vision for Carrie will now be presented for the first time on the London stage.

The revised 2012 MCC production won Best Musical Revival from the Off-Broadway Alliance, and had its premiere cast recording released on Ghostlight/Sh-K-Boom Records, which debuted as the No. 1 selling album of the week on Billboard’s Top Broadway chart in its first week of release.

Carrie: The Musical will be directed by Gary Lloyd, director and choreographer of global hit show Thriller Live! Lloyd 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.

Carrie: The Musical is presented by Paul Taylor-Mills Ltd (by arrangement with Bill Kenwright Ltd), who return to Southwark Playhouse following their acclaimed productions of In the Heights and Bat Boy: The Musical.

Casting is to be announced.

www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk

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