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Sedos bring Pippin back to the Bridewell Theatre

Leading player (Corin Miller) at the forefront of the company

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE award-winning musical Pippin returns to the Bridewell Theatre from May 9 to May 19, 2018 in a new production staged by Sedos.

Ambitious young man Pippin is ready to change the world. But things are never that simple. Setting out to make his mark, Pippin dabbles with the horrors of war, the lure of sex and the sordid world of politics, failing at every turn.

But there is someone Pippin can rely on. Someone he can trust. Someone who can help Pippin be remembered forever… in one final, extraordinary blaze of glory.

With its infectious and unforgettable score from four-time Grammy and three-time Oscar winner Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Children of Eden) and its iconic choreography by Bob Fosse, Pippin has delighted audiences across the world since the original production in 1973. The most recent Broadway revival swept the New York awards circuit, including winning the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical.

The Bridewell Theatre holds a special place in the history of the show. The now widely used “Theo ending” was first staged at the Bridewell exactly 20 years ago.

Chris Adams, director of Sedos’ production of Pippin, said: “It has been a pleasure exploring this deliciously dark show with such an incredibly dedicated and talented company, who have managed to put a new spin on such a well-loved story.

“As well as being packed with memorable, fun show-tunes, Pippin has a really intriguing darker edge, and we’ve taken inspiration from contemporary stories like Black Mirror and The Handmaid’s Tale in our design. Our choreography combines modern twists with nods to the original routines created by Bob Fosse.

“I think audiences will be surprised by the show and will enjoy coming up with their own ideas about what it all means. Despite being developed in the 1970s, it really does feel bang up to date.”

Berthe (Annie Housago), Lewis (Paul Nicholas Dyke), Pippin (Joe Thompson-Oubari), Charlemagne (Kris Webb) and Fastrada (Vicky Terry)

The cast includes Corin Miller (as Leading Player), Joe Thompson-Oubari (Pippin), Kris Webb (Charlemagne), Paul Nicholas Dyke (Lewis, Vicky Terry (Fastrada), Annie Houseago (Berthe) and Charlie Welch (Catherine).

They are joined by Siobhan Aarons, Toby Churchley, Will Emery, Tim Garrad, Eloise Horton, Clarissa Lonsdale, Hannah Parker Smith, Mark Siddall, Becky Sweeney, Vaughan Watts (dance captain) and Sean Westwood.

Pippin is directed by Chris Adams, with musical direction by Sophie Wright, choreography by Paul Brookland-Williams, lighting by Oliver Levett, set design by Steven King, sound by Adrian Jeakins and costumes by Clare Harding.

Image (top): Leading Player (Corin Miller) at the forefront of the company.

Image (bottom): Berthe (Annie Houseago), Lewis (Paul Nicholas Dyke), Pippin (Joe Thompson-Oubari), Charlemagne (Kris Webb) and Fastrada (Vicky Terry).

Both images are by Michael Smith/Sedos.

Tickets: £14.50 – £21 – available online at sedos.co.uk/.

Times: 7.30pm, plus Saturday matinees at 2.30pm.

Sedos are also presenting a revival of the award-winning 1930s comedy You Can’t Take it With You at the Bridewell Theatre (April 10 to April 14, 2018).