After Yank! and Hair, Manchester’s recently opened Hope Mill Theatre transfers its third production in less than a year to London. Jonathan O’Boyle’s revival of Stephen Schwartz’ PIPPIN will have a month’s run at Southwark Playhouse from 23 February to 24 March 2018, with a press night on 28 February.
Vaudeville, magic, comedy, romance – life is an adventure and Pippin has it all.
A soul-searching exploration of one man’s journey to find himself, his place and purpose in life, the multi-Tony Award-winning Pippin is a musical about an ordinary man on an extraordinary journey. Featuring a score by Grammy and Academy Award recipient Stephen Schwartz (composer of Wicked) including classics Magic to Do and Corner of the Sky, Pippin was originally directed by Bob Fosse and recently completed a hugely successful Broadway revival.
This new production spreads a darkness over the innocent tale of the exciting life and adventures of young Prince Pippin, told by a mysterious troupe of Victorian vaudeville players who promise the audience ‘a finale you will remember for the rest of your lives…’
Stephen Schwartz says:
“I am so pleased that such a successful and well-received production of Pippin has finally happened in the UK, and I’m incredibly excited to be sharing it with a London audience.”
Pippin will be the third production from Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre to transfer to London’s Off-West End in under a year. The team’s production of Hair, also directed by Jonathan O’Boyle, has just opened at The Vaults. Prior to Pippin, he’ll also helm Troupe’s production of classic JM Barrie play Dear Brutus at Southwark Playhouse for a Christmas season.
Pippin has musical direction by Zach Flis, design by Maeve Black, choreography by William Whelton and lighting by Aaron J Dootson. It’s produced by Aria Entertainment, Hope Mill Theatre and Guy James Theatrical. Casting for the London run is yet to be announced.
About Hope Mill Theatre
Hope Mill Theatre is situated in the Grade II Listed Hope Mill, a former cotton mill in the heart of Manchester. This five-storey mill is home to a number of creatives’ studios including writers, artists and designers and now home to the award-winning Hope Mill Theatre, a 120-seat fringe venue and events space, with the Engine Room Café and Bar.
Hope Mill Theatre was the dream of couple Joseph Houston and William Whelton and opened in 2015. After a career in theatre and time spent living in London, they were inspired by the highly regarded Off West End theatres and smaller producing venues which dominate the London theatre scene. With this in mind and with the growing number of creatives living in Manchester and the ever-evolving theatre culture, they set out to bring a brand new theatre experience to the people of Manchester. In 2016, Hope Mill Theatre won the h.Club100 Theatre & Performance Award and in 2017 has been nominated for the Peter Brook Award.