Jonathan Carlton will take on the title role in the Manchester premiere of Pippin which is due to begin a four-week run later this month at the award-winning Hope Mill Theatre.
The fourth production from the successful partnership between the Manchester venue and London arts producer Aria Entertainment, the revival of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical opens on Friday 23 August and plays until Saturday 23 September.
Directed by Jonathan O’Boyle, Pippin will feature Carlton (The Hired Man) alongside Mairi Barclay as Fastrada/Berthe (A Damsel in Distress); Bradley Judge as Lewis (Yank!); Tessa Kadler as Catherine (Carousel); Rhidian Marc as Charles (The Phantom of the Opera); and Genevieve Nicole as Leading Player (The Producers).
They will be joined by Olivia Faulkner, Andrew Halliday, Scott Hayward and Ellie Seaton as The Company of Players.
Co-produced by Guy James, Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment and Joseph Houston and William Whelton for Hope Mill Theatre, the production’s creative team also includes musical director Zach Flis, choreographer William Whelton, designer Maeve Black, lighting designer Aaron J Dootson, and sound designer Chris Bogg.
Commenting on the production, director O’Boyle said: “Pippin is an extraordinary musical from the genius that is Stephen Schwartz, and it’s a real thrill to be working on this production which will premiere at Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre. We had such a euphoric response to our production of Hair last year, that I cannot wait to bring this magical Broadway sensation to Manchester – where it receives its regional premiere.
“We are delighted to be working with such a talented cast, who have individually appeared in some of the greatest musicals of our time. Rehearsals are under-way and are going extremely well. We are reinventing Pippin for the intimate space at Hope Mill and excited to welcome audiences to share the magic of this special production.”
The story of a young prince in search of true happiness, the musical was written by Roger O. Hirson with a score by Schwartz, composer of the smash hit Wicked.
The brainchild of Joseph Houston and William Whelton, the 120-seat Hope Mill Theatre in the Ancoats area of Manchester opened in December 2015 and is part of a converted Grade II listed former cotton mill that also houses studios for writers, artists and designers; events space and a café and bar.