Inspired by the novels of John Steinbeck, the drifters and layabouts of Cannery Row are brought to life in this unlikely story of romance and hope set against the backdrop of a recovering America following the Second World War. After the success of such Broadway classics as Oklahoma! and Carousel, Rodgers and Hammerstein struck a new tone with Pipe Dream, focusing on the outcasts and less fortunate members of society in their quest for a sense of belonging, acceptance and above all else, love.
Almost 60 years after its American premiere this beautiful, but overlooked score by Broadway’s most celebrated writing team has finally made it to London for this strictly limited season.
Following the huge success of their all-male hit Pirates of Penzance (winner of Best Off-West-End production WhatsOnStage awards), director Sasha Regan and choreographer Lizzi Gee are once again joining creative forces for what will be the London Stage Premiere of this once forgotten musical. Get ready to fall in love with Rodgers and Hammerstein all over again.
Cast and Creatives:
Kieran Brown as Doc
Kieran most recently played the title role in the UK Premiere of Maury Yeston’s “Phantom” (Ye Olde Rose & Crown; London). Other credits include Elphaba’s Father in “Wicked” (Apollo Victoria), cover Raoul in “Love Never Dies” (Adelphi Theatre), Les Misérables 25th concert (O2), Tommy Christie/Elton John in “Laughter in the Rain” (UK tour), Algernon in “The Importance of Being Earnest” (IT Vienna), Les Misérables (Palace Theatre London), “The Ballad of Little Jo” (Bridewell), “Cinderella” (Bury St Edmonds), “Disco Pigs” (Glasgow), “Twelfth Night” (Edinburgh), “Beyond Therapy”, “A Christmas Carol”, “Don’t Dress for Dinner (Kammeroper Wien), “Relatively Speaking” (Schoenbrunner Schloss Theatre Vienna)”, “The Woman In Black” (International Theatre Vienna). Kieran also regularly performs in cabaret, most recently in his own sell out show “My Big Fat MUSICAL Cabaret” (Union Theatre, Peasantry, & Lauderdale House)
Charlotte Scott as Suzy
Charlotte most recently understudied/played Kathy Seldon in the multi award winning production of ‘Singin in the Rain’ (Palace Theatre). O She has also understudied/played ‘Glinda’ in Wicked (Apollo Victoria). Her UK tours include ‘The Rocky Horror Show’, ‘Fame’, ‘Footloose’ and ‘Cats‘
Virge Gilhrist as Fauna
Also featuring – David Haydn ● Nick Martland ● Matt Parsons ● Christopher Connor ● Shane Landers ● Mitchell Jarvis ● John Hicks ● Joshua Lovell ● Georgie Burdett ● Catherine Sagar ● Michaela Cartmell ● Rebecca Fennelly ● Clare Duffy and Alexandra Lloyd-Hamilton.
Sasha Regan – Director
Sasha Regan founded the Union Theatre in 1998, converting a derelict paper warehouse into a studio theatre with bar and café. Most recently the Union was nominated for The Peter Brook, Empty Space Awards – Best Studio Space 2010. In 2010 Sasha directed ‘Pirates of Penzance’ (WINNER OF THE WHAT’SONSTAGE, BEST OFF WEST END PRODUCTION, 2010) and after performing at The Prince of Wales Theatre for the What’sonStage.com Awards, the Pirates then transferred to the beautiful Wilton’s Music Hall in the spring of 2010 before moving to The Rose Theatre in Kingston. “Pirates “has also just completed a tour of Australia, including a month’s run at The Sydney Theatre. Other theatre directing credits include; ‘We’re all doing Time’ (CRITICS CHOICE), ‘Chelinot’ (SUNDAY TIMES CRITICS CHOICE), ‘Cabaret’, ‘Sweeney Todd’ (CRITICS CHOICE), ‘Iolanthe’ (CRITICS CHOICE & TIME OUT’s top 10 musicals of 2010). ‘Iolanthe’ also transferred to Wilton’s Music Hall where the cast enjoyed a sold-out run and broke all Wilton’s box office records from the previous 12 years.
Lizzi Gee – Choreographer
Her choreography credits include: All Male Pirates of Penzance – Union Theatre/Wilton’s Music Hall, and Kingston Rose, Australia 2012, The Winter’s Tale – RSC/ UK Tour 2013, Goodnight Mr Tom- Phoenix Theatre /Chichester/UK Tour, Rocket to the Moon – National Theatre , Love Story – Duchess Theatre, Onassis (starring Robert Lindsay) –Novello Theatre, Buddy 2011 UK Tour, Vernon God Little – Young Vic, , (Winner of Best off West End Production Whatsonstage awards) and Babes In Arms – Union Theatre (nomination for Best ‘Off West End’ Choreographer 2012).
Christopher Peake – Musical Director
Chris has long relationship with the Union Theatre, most recently providing orchestral arrangements for Chess. He also worked on the UK premiere of A Man of No Importance which transferred to the West End’s Arts Theatre. Other theatre credits include: European premiere of Bare: A Pop Opera (Union Theatre); Thursford Christmas Spectacular and the UK premiere of Bernarda Alba (Union Theatre).
Earl Rose Hughes – Designer
Tim Deiling – Lighting Designer
The Union Theatre
In association with R and H Theatricals presents Rodgers and Hammerstein’s PIPE DREAM The London Stage Premiere
Wednesday 31st July – Saturday 31st August 2013
Tuesday – Saturday at 7.30pm; plus Saturday/Sunday matinees at 2.30pm
Directed by Sasha Regan
Choreographed by Lizzi Gee
Musical Direction by Christopher Peake
The Union Theatre, Union Street, Southwark. SE1 0LX
Tickets – £19.50 (£17.50 concessions)
Box Office – 0207 261 9876.
For more information visit www.uniontheatre.biz
Tuesday 2nd July 2013