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Daisy Pulls it Off - production images released

Daisy Pulls it Off. Photo by Mark Dean.

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

PRODUCTION images have been released from Daisy Pulls It Off. To view them, click here.

Previously Posted: 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 bringng their unique production of Daisy Pulls it Off to Charing Cross Theatre.

Written by Denise Deegan and directed by Nicholas Scrivens, it runs from Tuesday, June 19 to Saturday, June 30, 2018.

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

It’s 1927 and 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? And what secrets does the enigmatic Mr Scoblowski hide?

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

Composer is Niall Bailey and musical staging is by 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.”

Daisy Pulls It Off. Photo by Mark Dean.

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.

Daisy Pulls it Off is presented by arrangement with The Really Useful Group Ltd.

Images: Both by Mark Dean.

Tickets: £19.50 (all). There is a £3 booking fee charged per ticket for phone (08444 930650) and internet (www.charingcrosstheatre.co.uk/) orders, and a 50p Restoration Levy on all tickets. No booking fee to personal callers.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Wednesday matinee at 2.30pm, Saturday matinee at 3pm.

Gala/Press night: Thursday, June 21 at 7.30pm.

Also at Charing Cross Theatre: It Happened in Key West, starring Broadway actor Wade McCollum (July 4 to August 18, 2018).