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Daisy Pulls it Off will play a limited season at Charing Cross Theatre


Daisy Pulls it Off - Photo Mark Dean
Daisy Pulls it Off – Photo Mark Dean

Fresh from a sell-out run at the Ivy Theatre, the first graduating year of Guildford School of Acting’s BA Actor-Musician programme are to bring their unique production of Daisy Pulls it Off, full of quirky characters, splendid scrapes and fabulous friends, to delight West End audiences.

Daisy Pulls it Off, by Denise Deegan, directed by Nicholas Scrivens, will play a limited West End season at Charing Cross Theatre from Tuesday 19 – Saturday 30 June. Press are invited to review on Thursday 21 June at 7.30pm

A riotous and affectionate pastiche of a classic girls’ school story, Daisy Pulls it Off was a huge West End hit running for 1,180 performances and won the Olivier Award and Drama Theatre Award for Best Comedy when first produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber in 1983.

1927 – Daisy Meredith is the first scholarship girl taken from an elementary school to be granted access to the hallowed halls of the prestigious Grangewood School for Young Ladies. Enthusiastic and plucky to the last, Daisy finds herself struggling against unspeakable snobs Sybil Burlington and Monica Smithers, who concoct ghastly schemes to get her expelled. Ably assisted by her new best friend, the madcap Trixie Martin, Daisy finds herself caught up in a series of irresistible adventures including a search for the missing “Beaumont Treasure”. Can Daisy work out the mysterious clues and save the school from closure? What secrets does the enigmatic Mr Scoblowski hide?

Cast: Marina Papadopoulos, Lia Todd, Gemma Evans, Lara Lewis, Persia Babayan-Taylor, Katy Ellis, Madeline Wilshire, Sophie Moores, Harry Edwin, Hanna Khogali, Mark Fitzsimmons, Jacob Leeson.

Creative team: Director Nicholas Scrivens. Composer Niall Bailey. Musical Staging Phyllida Crowley-Smith.

Steven M.Levy and Sean Sweeney of Charing Cross Theatre commented: “Having presented a number of actor-musician productions at Charing Cross Theatre and being bowled over by the production when seeing it at the GSA before Christmas, we are delighted a 2-week break in the theatre’s schedule means we can present this, giving tomorrow’s theatremakers the chance of their first London run.

Sean McNamara, Head of Guildford School of Acting, said: “I am thrilled that GSA are collaborating with Charing Cross Theatre on this magnificent production of Daisy Pulls it Off further reinforcing the relevance and impact that Actor Musicianship professional training has had within GSA and the industry.

Guildford School of Acting at the University of Surrey is one of the most highly regarded theatre schools in the UK with a vibrant community of performers, performance makers, creative practitioners and technicians graduating from a wide variety of programmes each year. Responding to the ever-growing need of the theatre industry for actor musicians, a new undergraduate course was started in 2016 and the cast of Daisy Pulls it Off are the first year to graduate.

Presented by arrangement with The Really Useful Group Ltd.

GSA in the West End
by Denise Deegan
directed by Nicholas Scrivens

Charing Cross Theatre
The Arches
Villiers Street
London, WC2N 6NL
Tuesday 19 – Saturday 30 June.


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