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Casting announced for Little Miss Sunshine at Arcola Theatre

Casting news

CASTING has been announced for the European premiere of the off-Broadway hit musical Little Miss Sunshine, which runs at Arcola Theatre from April 1 (previews from March 21) to May 11, 2019.

The line up includes Laura Pitt-Pulford as Sheryl, the matriarch of the eccentric Hoover family, Olivier award winner Gary Wilmot as Grandpa (the role that won Alan Arkin an Academy Award), 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.

Ian Carlyle is Larry/Buddy, Imelda Warren-Green is Linda/Miss California and Matthew McDonald is Joshua Rose/Kirby.

Completing the cast are the ‘Mean Girls’ who will be performed by Chloe Raphael, Ava Hurley, Ellicia Simondwood, Elodie Salmon, Summer Pelley, Ava Masters, Josselyn Ospina Escobar, Saffia Richards and Yvie Bent.

In 2016, Laura Pitt-Pulford was nominated for a prestigious Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance as Millie in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. Her other numerous theatre credits include Rose in AmDram The Musical (The Other Palace/Queen Mary 2); Charity in Sweet Charity (Pimlico Opera/HMP Bronzefield); Natasha/Pamela in Flowers For Mrs Harris (Chicester Festival Theatre); Charity Barnum in Barnum (Menier Chocolate Factory); Nell in Nell Gwynn (ETT/Shakespeare’s Globe/UK Tour); and Nancy in Oliver! (Leicester Curve).

Gary Wilmot’s numerous theatre credits include: Major/Monsieur Armande in Flowers for Mrs Harris (Chichester Festival Theatre), Sarah The Cook in Dick Whittington (London Palladium), Badger in The Wind in the Willows (London Palladium), Anthony in End of the Rainbow (UK Tour), Andre Thibault in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (UK Tour/Savoy Theatre), Vernon Hines in The Pyjama Game (Shaftesbury Theatre), Thomas Marvel in The Invisible Man (Menier Chocolate Factory), Billy Flynn in Chicago, Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London Palladium), Joe in Carmen Jones (The Old Vic) and Bill Snibson in Me And My Girl (Adelphi Theatre and National Tour) for which he received a TMA best actor nomination.

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? This inventive and uplifting musical celebrates the quirks of every family, the potholes in every road, and the power of overcoming our differences.

Further casting for the tour will be announced shortly. For tour dates, visit

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