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Selladoor brings Little Miss Sunshine to Arcola Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

LITTLE Miss Sunshine, the quirky off-Broadway hit musical, will make its European premiere in a brand new production at the Arcola Theatre, running from Thursday, March 21 to Saturday, May 11, 2019.

It will then embark on a UK tour starting at New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich on May 20, 2019. Tickets for the tour go on sale from October 26, tickets for the Arcola from November 5.

Based on the Academy Award-winning film by Michael Arndt, Little Miss Sunshine is the off-beat musical comedy 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 (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Falsettos).

Presented by Selladoor Productions and Arcola Theatre, this new production will be directed by the Arcola’s Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen, with design by David Woodhead, lighting design by Richard Williamson, choreography by Anthony Whiteman and musical supervision by Mark Crossland. Casting has not yet been announced.

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.

Arcola Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen said: “In uncertain times, we all need a little bit of Sunshine. This is the story of a family coming together to celebrate their differences – and that speaks to the heart of Arcola Theatre’s ethos. Our diverse family of artists and audiences is growing every year, and we’re delighted that thousands more people outside London will get to experience Little Miss Sunshine, through our first major co-production with Selladoor Worldwide.”

Arcola Executive Producer Leyla Nazli commented: “Arcola Theatre is making bigger shows for longer runs, investing in artists while still providing tickets that are accessible for everybody. All seats for the London run of Little Miss Sunshine will be £10-£30, and as ever, we will keep Pay What You Can tickets available every week.”

2019 marks the 10th anniversary of Selladoor Worldwide (originally Sell a Door Theatre Company) and since it was founded it has become an integral part of the regional theatre landscape in the UK and Ireland and increasingly globally as its international touring arm develops. Its aim is to engage young and adult audiences, along with first-time attendees to encourage the next generation of theatregoers by producing dynamic and diverse productions.

Following the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich dates, Little Miss Sunshine will tour to Salford, York, Brighton, Bradford, Woking, Glasgow, Birmingham, Canterbury, Blackpool, Malvern, Leicester, Aberdeen, Exeter and Eastbourne, with further dates to be announced.

Tickets (Arcola): £30, £25, £20, £10. Previews (March 21 to March 30) £26, £22, £18, £10. Pay What You Can Tuesdays – limited allocation in person from 6pm. To book, call the box office on 020 7503 1646 or visit

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm; Saturday matinees at 3pm; Wednesday matinees – April 24, May 1 and May 8 – at 3pm.

Also at the Arcola: New Perspectives’ adaptation of the Booker Prize-nominated novel The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma (November 20 to December 1, 2018) and D H Lawrence’s 1913 play The Daughter-in-Law (January 10 to February 2, 2019).