Kaisa Hammarlund will play the title role in Violet, the multi-award-winning musical with music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by Brian Crawley, which receives its UK premiere at London’s Charing Cross Theatre for a 12-week season from 14 January to 6 April 2019 (press night is 21 January) in an international co-production that will see it transfer to Tokyo.
Kaisa Hammarlund (Violet) has just played Alison Bechdel in the acclaimed UK premiere of Fun Home (Tesori’s Tony Award-winning score written with Lisa Kron) at the Young Vic. Her other major roles include Charity Hope Valentine in Sweet Charity, Royal Exchange Theatre; Petra in A Little Night Music, Menier Chocolate Factory & Garrick Theatre; and Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, Nöjesteatern, Malmö Sweden.
Jay Marsh (Miss Saigon, Sunny Afternoon, Christmas With The Rat Pack, Porgy & Bess) plays Flick and Matthew Harvey (Loserville) plays Monty. Also in the cast are Simbi Akande, Angelica Allen, Kenneth Avery-Clark, Keiron Crook, James Gant, Danny Michaels, Janet Mooney with Amy Mepham, Rebecca Nardin and Maddie Sellman as young Violet.
1964. Somewhere between North Carolina and Oklahoma, we find Violet, a young woman who was facially disfigured as a child. She hopes her life savings will bring her a miracle halfway across the country. Reflecting on her childhood, and shaped by the reactions of the people she encounters, Violet embarks on a life-changing personal journey.
VIOLET, based on the short story The Ugliest Pilgrim by Doris Betts, premiered Off-Broadway and won the Drama Critics’ Circle Award and Lucille Lortel Award as Best Musical, before transferring to Broadway where it was nominated for four Tony awards. The new production is helmed by Japanese director Shuntaro Fujita.
Choreography is by Cressida Carré, set design by Morgan Large, costumes by Jonathan Lipman, lighting by Howard Hudson and sound by Andrew Johnson. Also in the creative team are musical director Dan Jackson, associate music director Chris Ma, associate director Abigail Pickard-Price and production supervisor Thom Southerland.