It has been announced that Charing Cross Theatre will present the UK premiere of Violet, playing at the theatre from the 14th January.

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The multi award winning musical which features music by Jeanine Tesori (Tony Award winner for Best Original Score with Lisa Kron for Fun Home, and Tony-nominated for Caroline, or Change and Shrek the Musical), and book & lyrics by Brian Crawley (The Little Princess), is based on the  short story The Ugliest Pilgrim by Doris Betts.

After its run in London, the international co-production directed by Shuntaro Fujita, will then transfer to Tokyo.

Announcing the production Thom Southerland said: ” I am delighted to welcome director Shuntaro Fujita and our producing partners Umeda Arts for this exciting production. For four years it has been my privilege to create shows with Umeda Arts in Japan and I am pleased that Violet is the first of our collaborations in the UK. Building on our in-house musical productions of Ragtime, Titanic, Death Takes A Holiday and The Woman in White, I am thrilled that Jeannie Tseori and Brian Crawley’s urgent, exciting and extraordinary musical will find its premiere at Charing Cross Theatre.”

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. 

The musical originally 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.

While casting for this production has yet to be announced, the creative team is set to include choreography by Cressida Carré, set design by Morgan Large, costume by Jonathan Lipman, lighting by Howard Hudson, sound by Andrew Johnson and music direction by Dan Jackson.

Violet will play at the Charing Cross Theatre from the 14th January until the 6th April 2019.  For more information visit: https://charingcrosstheatre.co.uk/theatre/violet

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