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Casting announced for London premiere of CARRIE at Southwark Playhouse

Evelyn Hoskins as Carrie White. Photo Credit The Umbrella Rooms
Evelyn Hoskins as Carrie White. Photo Credit The Umbrella Rooms

Full casting is announced today for Carrie, which will receive its long awaited London Premiere in The Large at Southwark Playhouse from Friday 1 to Saturday 30 May 2015, with a press night on Wednesday 6th May. Preview performances are now sold out, following the best on-sale week of any show in the venue’s 22-year history.

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

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). Television credits include the reoccurring roles Lucy in Misfits (E4) and Shona in Casualty (BBC).

Kim Criswell is an Olivier Award-nominated actress whose career spans 4 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, Kim’s many theatre credits include 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 as Sue, Greg Miller Burns as Tommy, Gabriella Williams as Chris, Dex Lee as Billy, Jodie Jacobs as Miss Gardner, David Habbin as Mr Stephens, Molly McGuire as Norma, Bobbie Little as Frieda, Emily McGougan as Helen, Patrick Sullivan as George, Olly Dobson as Freddy and Eddie Myles as Stokes.

Casting announcement for Carrie: The Musical at Southwark Playhouse

Twenty seven years after first wreaking havoc, the world’s most talked about Broadway musical is coming to London. Academy Award winning Dean Pitchford and Michael Gore (Fame), and original screenplay writer Lawrence D. Cohen, have transformed Stephen King’s unlikely Cinderella story into an infectiously modern musical that has gripped audiences from Australia to America with its timeless story and thrilling score.

A taunted and terrified seventeen-year-old misfit, Carrie White has a burning secret… a secret that will eventually ignite her revenge. Make your date for the Senior Prom to see who will be crowned Queen, and who will have blood on their hands. After one night with Carrie you will always remember her name.

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.

The revised 2012 MCC production won Best Musical Revival by the Off-Broadway Alliance, and had its premiere cast recording released on Ghostlight/Sh-K-Boom Records, which debuted as the No. 1 selling album of the week on Billboard’s Top Broadway chart in its first week of release.

Carrie will be directed and choreographed by Gary Lloyd, director and choreographer of global hit show Thriller Live!. Gary is renowned for his crossover from music to theatre, working as Creative Director on shows including American Idol and The X Factor. Other theatre credits include 20th Century Boy at Coventry Belgrade Theatre and the UK Tour of Aspects Of Love.

Carrie is presented by Paul Taylor-Mills Ltd, who return to Southwark Playhouse following their acclaimed productions of In The Heights and Bat Boy: The Musical. @CarrieMusicalUK

Carrie has music by Michael Gore, lyrics by Dean Pitchford and book by Lawrence D. Cohen, based on the novel by Stephen King. It is directed by Gary Lloyd with Musical Direction by Mark Crossland, Design by Tim McQuillen-Wright, Lighting Design by Tim Oliver, Sound Design by Dan Samson, Music Programming by Gary Hickeson and Special Effects by Jeremy Chernick. It is presented by Paul Taylor-Mills Ltd. by arrangement with Bill Kenwright Ltd. and licensed by arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe. Casting is by Will Burton.

Sarah McNicholas | Sue
Theatre includes: Evita (Dominion Theatre) and Whistle Down The Wind (UK Tour).
Television includes: Living It (BBC), Teachers (Channel 4) and Maths Mansion (Channel 4).

Greg Miller Burns | Tommy
Theatre includes: Wicked (Apollo Victoria Theatre). Credits whilst training include Kiss of the Spiderwoman and Betty Blue Eyes (Arts Educational Schools).

Gabriella Williams | Chris
Gabriella recently graduated from Arts Educational Schools, where credits include Crazy For You, Wonderful Town and Swear Our Love.

Dex Lee | Billy
Theatre includes The Scottsboro Boys (Garrick Theatre) and In The Heights (Southwark Playhouse), Kerry Ellis in Concert (London Palladium) and the Olivier Awards (Royal Opera House).

Jodie Jacobs | Miss Gardner
Theatre includes: Happy Ending (Arcola Theatre), Rock of Ages (Shaftesbury Theatre), Footloose (UK Tour), State Fair (Trafalgar Studios), Cats (Arena Tour), Rent (Garrick Theatre), The Wedding Singer (UK Tour), Little Shop of Horrors (Duke of York’s Theatre) and Evita (Adelphi Theatre).

David Habbin | Mr Stephens
Theatre includes: White Christmas (Royal Albert Hall), La Traviata (Darlington Festival), West Side Story (West End and UK Tour) and Les Miserables (Palace Theatre).

Molly McGuire | Norma
Theatre includes: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre). Molly recently graduated from PPA, where credits include Bring It On: The Musical and Into The Woods.

Bobbie Little | Frieda
Bobbie recently graduated from Arts Educational Schools.

Emily McGougan | Helen
Emily recently graduated from Arts Education Schools, where credits include Merrily We Roll Along and Wonderful Town.

Patrick Sullivan | George
Patrick recently graduated from Arts Education Schools, where credits include The Addams Family, Catch Me If You Can and HMS Pinafore.

Olly Dobson | Stokes
Theatre includes: Beauty and the Beast (Camberley Theatre). Credits whilst training include The Music Man, Evita and Company (Arts Educational Schools)

Eddie Myles | Freddie
Theatre includes: White Christmas (Dominion Theatre), Happy Days (UK Tour) and Grease (Ljubljana International Festival).

Mark Crossland | Musical Director
MD Work includes Dance Til Dawn (UK Tour), Hairspray (Original UK Tour), 9 to 5 (UK Tour), High School Musical (West End), The Michael Ball Show (West End), The Gondoliers (West End), Return to the Forbidden Planet (West End), The Roy Orbison Story (West End) and Carmen (West End).
Mark has also composed for television and his credits include The Sound of Musicals theme tune, Singled Out for MTV and The National Lottery for the BBC.

Tim McQuillen-Wright | Designer
Designer credits include: Let It Be (West End and Broadway)
Associate Designer credits include: Made In Dagenham, Let The Right One In, Spring Awakening, Million Dollar Quartet, Shrek and Strangers on a Train (all in the West End).
Other set & costume design credits include: Theatre Uncut (Young Vic), Blue Remembered Hills, Treasure Island and Cinderella (Coventry Belgrade), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Brighton Fringe Festival), Fame (Monte Carlo) and The Wizard of Oz (Southampton Mayflower).

Tim Oliver | Lighting Design
Credits include: Massive Attack World Tour 2014 (Europe and America), Dreamboats and Miniskirts (UK Tour), Fame the Musical (UK Tour), Greatest Rock N Roll Tour (UK Tour), Massive Attack Vs Adam Curtis (Manchester, Duisberg and New York), Save the Last Dance (UK Tour), Only Men Aloud Christmas Tour (UK), X Factor Live Tour 2012 and 2013 (UK) and Peter Kay Tour that doesn’t Tour (UK).
Associate Lighting Design Credits include: Cabaret (UK Tour and West End) and Save the Last Dance (UK Tour)

Dan Samson | Sound Design
Sound Design Credits include: Sinatra On Stage (Palladium, West End); The Sound of Music (UK Tour); Jesus Christ Superstar (UK tour); Evita (Dominion, West End, UK and International Tours); 12 Angry Men (UK Tour); Blood Brothers (UK tour); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK tour); Dreamboats and Miniskirts (UK tour); Brief Encounter(Theatre Royal Windsor); Fame (UK tour); All Creatures Great and Small (UK tour); The Small Hand(Uk Tour); Three Steps to Heaven (UK tour); Starlight Express (UK and Asia tour); Cabaret (West End and UK tours); Dreamboats and Petticoats (West End and UK tours); Scrooge (Palladium, West End, UK tours); Save the Last Dance for Me (UK tours); Soul Sister (West End, Holland and UK tour); Jekyll & Hyde (UK tour); Whistle Down the Wind (UK tour); Rock ‘n’ Roll Heaven (UK tour); The Country Girl (Duchess Theatre, West End and UK tour) and Cats (Cyprus).

Jeremy Chernick | Special Effects
Special effects design credits include: Aladdin The Musical (Broadway), Wolf Hall (Broadway), Let The Right One In (Apollo Theatre) and Rocky The Musical (Broadway).
Work as consultant includes: Raisin in the Sun (Broadway) and Romeo and Juliet (Broadway).

77-85 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6BD
Press Night: Wednesday 6 May, 7.30pm
Performances: Monday – Saturday 7.30pm, Thursday 2.30pm (except 7 May), Saturdays 3.00pm
Tickets: £18-22 (£12 previews)
Box Office 020 7407 0234 | http://www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk


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