Award-winning musical Pippin will be the next collaboration between Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre and Aria Entertainment.
The musical will run from Friday 25 August to Saturday 23 September in the acclaimed 150-seater Ancoats venue.
The production is the fourth show from Hope Mill Theatre and Aria Entertainment, who first joined forces in January 2016 to spearhead the arts venue as a platform to showcase, revive and bring new musical theatre to the North.
The theatre has since won numerous awards and two of the previous productions, Hair and Yank!, are receiving London transfers.
The Tony Award-winning Pippin, directed by Jonathan O’Boyle and co-produced by Guy James, tells the story of a young prince, the heir to a throne, and his journey to find meaning in life – only to discover true happiness is more complicated than he thought.
The musical has a book by Roger O. Hirson and a score by composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked).
Aria Entertainment’s producer and company director Katy Lipson said: “Once again I am delighted to be working at Hope Mill Theatre on our fourth collaboration, Pippin, by the renowned composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz.
“We continue to bring work which is accessible but challenges audiences both old and new. We feel Pippin is the perfect musical to follow our productions of Parade, Hair and Yank!, and we are excited to continue bringing intimate, powerful Fringe theatre to Manchester’s audiences, this time joined by our trusted co-producer Guy James.”
Co-producer Guy James added: “I’m thrilled to be bringing this stunning musical to the Hope Mill. The score of Pippin has always been one of my favourites, with Stephen Schwartz’s brilliant score featuring sweeping ballads like ‘Corner of the Sky’ and Broadway staples like ‘No Time At All’.
“It’s been a show on my to-do list since I first saw it (three times) in London back in 1998 – so nearly 20 years later I am final achieving No.1 on the list!
“I have worked with Aria Entertainment on many productions, and I am excited to be finally working with the Hope Mill Theatre on Pippin. The theatre has become a beacon of exciting new productions in the North over the last couple of years.”
Opening in December 2015, the Hope Mill Theatre is the brainchild of Joseph Houston and William Whelton. After a career in theatre and living in London, they were inspired by the Off-West End scene and wanted to replicate that by forming a creative hub in Manchester.
The five-storey Grade II listed mill is also home to writers, artists and designers.
Tickets for Yank! are available HERE
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