Broadway musical Side Show is to receive its UK premiere in October at the Southwark Playhouse. The 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.
Inspired by the true story of the 1920s vaudeville stars, conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, Side Show features a score by Dreamgirls composer Henry Kreiger whose multi-award winning musical will also debut in London just a few weeks after Side Show opens.
Side Show has a book and lyrics by Bill Russell (Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens). Additional book material is by Academy Award-winning screenwriter and director 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). Casting, which is yet to be announced, 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. In The Heights this week received four Olivier Award nominations including Best New Musical for its transfer to King’s Cross Theatre, and last month Carrie The Musical won the WhatsOnStage Award for Best Off West End Production.
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