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Daisy Pulls It Off - Park Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

A REVIVAL of Denise Deegan’s Olivier Award-winning, festive heart-warmer, Daisy Pulls It Off, brings to a close Park Theatre’s 2017 season, running in Park200 from Tuesday, December 5, 2017 to Saturday, January 13, 2018.

Daisy Meredith, the energetic new girl from an underprivileged background, is the first scholarship student to attend Grangewood School for Girls. Faced with prejudice and pranks from the wealthier schoolgirls, Daisy also discovers her new school is faced with financial closure. Having won over a zany group of chums, Daisy concocts a wizard plan to save the school with the discovery of a secret treasure.

An affectionate parody of 1920s boarding schoolgirl novels, directed by Paulette Randall MBE, Daisy Pulls It Off will feature a diverse ensemble cast that includes Anna Shaffer (Harry Potter film series, Hollyoaks) as Daisy, Pauline McLynn (Father Ted, Shameless) as Trixie, Shobna Gulati (Dinnerladies, Coronation Street) as Sybil/Mummy and Clare Perkins (EastEnders, Family Affairs) as Monica/Belinda.

They will be joined by Melanie Fullbrook as Clare/Winnie/Miss Granville, Lucy Eaton as Alice/Miss Gibson and Freddie Hutchins as Mr Thompson/Mr Scoblowski/Mademoiselle.

Director Paulette Randall said: “We knew straightaway that we were never going to cast an actual bunch of 12-year-old schoolgirls to portray the play’s army of smart, brave and hilarious characters. So why even try with a bunch of sort-of lookalikes? Instead, we’ve thrown the rulebook out the window, casting a brilliant bunch of talented and diverse actors who, gloriously, tick none of the boxes.

“Not being bound by age and race has been such a freeing experience, and the results are hugely exciting. Our only criteria were: Are they smart? Are they brave? And – most importantly – are they hilarious? It’s all about creating a modern Daisy for a modern London crowd.”

Daisy Pulls It Off won the 1983 Olivier Award for Best Comedy and ran for three years, launching the careers of actresses like Samantha Bond and Gabrielle Glaister.

Daisy Pulls It Off is suitable for ages 8+.

For more information or to book tickets, call the box office on 020 7870 6876 or visit www.parktheatre.co.uk/.

Also in Park200: The Birmingham Repertory Theatre production of Chris Hannan’s searing play What Shadows (until October 28) and the world premiere of Sam Bain’s The Retreat (November 2 to December 2, 2017).