The West End’s premier songstresses, Louise Dearman and Laura Pitt-Pulford, have joined up for the Broadway musical, Side Show, which comes to London in October.
A brand new production of Side Show, about celebrated conjoined twins, Daisy and Violet Hilton, will play The Southwark Playhouse.
Inspired by a true story Side Show is a musical about love, acceptance and embracing the unique. It opens with the Hilton Sisters headlining at a seedy side show, languishing under the rule of an oppressive ringmaster.
They are spotted by a talent agent and thrust into the spotlight of the famed 1920’s Orpheum Circuit. They soon become the highest paid vaudeville stars of their time.
But while Daisy relishes the spotlight, Violet wishes for a quiet life with a man she loves, and who loves her. Can they balance their individual dreams with their inescapable physical connection?
Side Show is a heart-warming musical about the search for love and acceptance amid the spectacle of fame.
The musical features a score by Dreamgirls composer Henry Krieger, book and lyrics by Bill Russell, and additional book material by Bill Condon, who reworked Side Show for its 2014 Broadway revival. It first opened on Broadway in 1997, where it was nominated for four Tony Awards.
Louise Dearman, who will play Daisy, is best known for being the first actress to star as both Glinda and Elphaba in the hit West End musical Wicked. Her other theatre credits include Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls (UK Tour), Bianca in Kiss Me Kate (Royal Albert Hall), Mrs D in The Water Babies (Leicester Curve) and Eva Peron in Evita (UK Tour).
Laura Pitt-Pulford (Violet) 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.
Other recent credits include Flowers for Mrs Harris (Sheffield Crucible), Nancy in Oliver!(Leicester Curve), The Smallest Show on Earth (UK Tour), Follies in Concert (Royal Albert Hall), Maria in The Sound of Music (Leicester Curve) and The Light Princess (National Theatre).
Side Show is directed by Hannah Chissick and presented by Paul Taylor-Mills, who returns to Southwark Playhouse following his acclaimed productions of In The Heights and Carrie: The Musical.
Side Show will run in The Large from October 21-December 3.