Casting for the European premiere of the musical has been confirmed. 

Playing at the Arcola Theatre from the 21st March, this new production directed by Arcola’s Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen is set to star: Laura Pitt-Pulford as Sheryl, the matriarch of the eccentric Hoover family, Olivier award winner Gary Wilmot as Grandpa, Gabriel Vick as Sheryl’s husband Richard, two-time Olivier nominee Paul Keating as Sheryl’s brother Frank and Sev Keoshgerian as Sheryl’s son Dwayne. The role of Olive will be shared by Sophie Hartley Booth, Evie Gibson and Lily Mae Denman.

The cast will be completed by Ian Carlyle is Larry/Buddy, Imelda Warren-Green is Linda/Miss California, Matthew McDonald is Joshua Rose/Kirby, Chloe Raphael, AvaHurley, Ellicia Simondwood, Elodie Salmon,Summer Pelley, Ava Masters, Josselyn Ospina Escobar, Saffia Richards and Yvie Bent.

Based on the the Academy Award-winning film by Michael Arndt, this musical is about celebrating the quirks to be found in every family and the power behind overcoming our differences.

The Hoover family has more than a few troubles, but young Olive has her heart set on winning the Little Miss Sunshine beauty contest. When an invitation to compete comes out of the blue, the Hoovers must pile into their rickety, yellow VW camper van. Can it survive the 800-mile trip from New Mexico to California – and more importantly, can they?

The musical was created by the Tony Award-winning team of James Lapine (who collaborated with Stephen Sondheim on Into the Woods and Sunday in the Park with George) and William Finn (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Falsettos). This production will feature design by David Woodhead, musical direction by Arlene McNaught, lighting design by Richard Williamson, sound design by Olly Steel, and choreography by Anthony Whiteman.

Little Miss Sunshine will play at the Arcola Theatre from the 21st  March until the 11th May.