The previously annnounced London bow of Henry Krieger and Bill Russell's cult 1997 Broadway musical Side Show has announced lead casting. The roles of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton will be played by Louise Dearman and Laura Pitt-Pulford.
The production begins performances October 21 prior to an official opening October 26 at London's Southwark Playhouse, for a run through December 3.
Louise Dearman is best known for being the first actress to star as both Glinda and Elphaba in the West End production of Wicked. She is currently playing Miss Adelaide in the U.K. tour of Guys and Dolls. Other credits include Eva Peron in Evita (U.K. tour) and Jan in Grease (West End).
Laura Pitt-Pulford received a 2016 Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. She is shortly to appear in Flowers for Mrs. Harris (Sheffield Crucible). Other recent credits include Nancy in Oliver! and Maria in The Sound of Music (both at Leicester Curve), The Smallest Show on Earth (U.K. tour) and The Light Princess (National Theatre).
The 2014 Broadway revival, which incorporated new musical material and deepened the twins' personal story, was praised by critics. Despite strong notices, the production closed after 77 performances.
Here's a look at the Broadway revival.
Side Show has music by Krieger and book and lyrics by Russell, with additional book material by Bill Condon, who directed the 2014 Broadway production.
This new production is presented by Paul Taylor-Mills and will be directed by Hannah Chissick, with choreography by Matthew Cole, design by takis and sound design by Dan Simpson.
To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7407 0234 or visit southwarkplayhouse.co.uk.