Carrie breaking records ahead of Southwark Playhouse opening

Evelyn Hoskins as Carrie. Image The Umbrella Rooms.
Evelyn Hoskins as Carrie. Image The Umbrella Rooms.

Tickets are flying out of the box office for the eagerly anticipated London premiere of the Stephen King classic horror story, Carrie which opens at Southwark Playhouse next month.

Preview performances are already sold out, following the best on-sale week of any show in the venue’s 22-year history.

Casualty star Evelyn Hoskins will star as Carrie White and Kim Criswell plays her mother Margaret.

A taunted and terrified 17-year-old misfit, Carrie White has a burning secret… a secret that will eventually ignite her revenge.

Based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel, the musical of Carrie hasn’t been seen since the legendary original production.

Produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, it first premiered in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1988 before transferring straight to Broadway, but never made it to London.

In 2012, its score and book were revised by original composer Michael Gore, lyricist Dean Pitchford and librettist Lawrence D. Cohen and this newly reworked and fully re-imagined vision for Carrie will now be presented for the first time on the London stage.

Carrie will be directed and choreographed by Gary Lloyd, director and choreographer of global hit show Thriller Live!

Evelyn Hoskins played Thea in the original cast of Spring Awakening at the Lyric Theatre and in the West End, with other theatre credits including Christmas with the Stars (Royal Albert Hall), Cool Rider (Lyric Theatre), This is My Family (Sheffield Crucible) and The Secret Garden (Birmingham Rep).

Kim Criswell is an Olivier Award-nominated actress whose career spans four decades and both sides of the Atlantic.

In America, Kim featured in the original Broadway casts of The First, Nine, Baby and The Threepenny Opera, as well as playing Grizabella in the original LA cast of Cats.

In the UK she has appeared in Singin’ In The Rain in Concert (Royal Festival Hall), Follies (London Palladium), Company (Hackney Empire), On The Town (Royal Festival Hall) and her Olivier-nominated performance in the title role in Annie Get Your Gun (Prince of Wales Theatre).

The cast also features Sarah McNicholas, Greg Miller Burns, Gabriella Williams, Dex Lee, Jodie Jacobs, David Habbin, Molly McGuire, Bobbie Little, Emily McGougan, Patrick Sullivan, Olly Dobson and Eddie Myles.

Carrie runs from May 1-30

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