Side Show at Southwark Playhouse – full cast details


Haydn Oakley, Jay Marsh and Dominic Hodson have been cast in Side Show at the Southwark Playhouse

Full casting details have been released for the new production of Broadway musical Side Show which will receive its UK premiere in October at the Southwark Playhouse.

Haydn Oakley, Jay Marsh, Dominic Hodson, Christopher Howell, Lala Barlow, Oliver Marshall, David Muscat, Nuwan Hugh Perera, Agnes Pure, Nuno Queimado, Kirstie Skivington and Genevieve Taylor will join the previously announced Louise Dearman and Laura Pitt-Pulford in the show which begins previewing on 21 October.

Dearman, the first actress to star as both Glinda and Elphaba in the hit musical Wicked, has been cast as Daisy Hilton with Pitt-Pulford, an Olivier Award nominee this year for Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, playing her conjoined twin Violet.

Oakley, who is lined up to star as Henri Baurel in An American in Paris when it opens in the West End, will take on the role of Terry Connor alongside Marsh (Sunny Afternoon) as Jake, Hodson (West Side Story UK tour) as Buddy Foster, Howell (Guys and Dolls UK tour) as The Boss/Sir, Barlow (Hair Australian tour) as Bearded Lady, recent Royal Academy of Music graduate Marshall as Dog, Muscat (Billy Elliot) as Human Pin Cushion, recent Guilford School of Acting graduate Perera as Sheik Fakir, Pure (Sinatra and Friends German and Swiss tour) as Snake Lady, Queimado (The Little Match Girl UK tour) as Reptile Man, Skivington (Viva Forever) as Half Man Half Woman and recent Musical Theatre Academy graduate Taylor (West End Women UK tour) as Dolly Dimples.

The brand new production of the show which was nominated for four Tony awards when it first opened in New York in 1997, will run from 21 October until 3 December with its opening night on 26 October.

Inspired by the true story of the 1920s vaudeville stars, the Hilton conjoined twins, Side Show features a score by Dreamgirls composer Henry Kreiger whose multi-award winning musical will debut in London a month later in November.

Side Show has a book and lyrics by Bill Russell (Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens). Additional book material is by Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, Dreamgirls) who reworked the show for its 2014 Broadway revival.

The new UK production will be directed by Hannah Chissick (Down the Dock Road, Royal Court Liverpool; Marry Me a Little, St James Studio), with choreography by Matthew Cole, design by takis, and sound design by Dan Simpson. Casting is by Will Burton.

Side Show is presented by Paul Taylor-Mills, who returns to Southwark Playhouse following his acclaimed productions of In The Heights and Carrie: The Musical.

Angela Thomas

Tickets for Dreamgirls are available HERE.


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