On a roll: Hope Mill's Pippin follows Hair & Yank! from Manchester to London

26 Oct
Posted in: Theatre News
Author: Press Releases
Pippin is coming to Southwark Playhouse

Hard to believe Hope Mill Theatre is just a little over a year old. This Manchester musical factory is already onto its third London transfer with today's news that its acclaimed revival of Stephen Schwartz's PIPPIN is coming to Southwark Playhouse in the new year...

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. 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.