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Side Show - CLF Art Cafe (The Bussey Building)

Side Show

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

IN THE debut production from new theatre company Pint of Wine, Lauren Edwards and Katie Beudert will star as Siamese twins Violet and Daisy Hilton in the classic musical Side Show, which plays at the CLF Art Cafe (Bussey Building) on selected dates from October 2 to October 13, 2018.

Based on the true story of Siamese twins Violet and Daisy Hilton who became stars during the Depression, Side Show is a moving portrait of two women joined at the hip whose extraordinary bondage brings them fame but denies them love.

With book and lyrics by Bill Russell (Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens) and music by Henry Krieger (Dreamgirls), Side Show follows their progression from England to America, around the vaudeville circuit and to Hollywood on the eve of their appearance in the 1932 movie Freaks.

As well as Lauren Edwards (Parade, Frogmore Papermill) and Katie Beudert (Gatsby and Romeo & Juliet, Union Theatre) as Violet and Daisy Hilton, the cast includes Matthew James Nicholas (Terry), Barry O’Reilly (Buddy), Akmed Khemalai (Jake), Joe Brown, Daniel Gosselin, Kathryn Hyde, Nathalie Joel-Smith, Sandra Murray, Hannah Parker Smith, Olga-Marie Platt, Alona Walsh, Stephen Russell and Tristan Ward.

Pint of Wine is an innovative theatre company that provides opportunities for artists, technicians and practitioners to push the limits on how theatre should be done. It aims to be creative in its choice of source material and to question how and where works are to be presented, always examining how to best engage with a modern audience. It will seek to innovate and not to repeat, and, by this, bring fresh approaches, new stories and surprising productions to audiences.

Side Show is directed by Dom O’Hanlon, with costume designs by Lemington Ridley (2016 BroadwayWorld UK/West End Awards Nominations for Best Costume Design, Ragtime), set design by Roberta Volpe, musical direction by Ben Papworth and choreography by Becky East.

Tickets: £18. To book, visit

Times: Tuesday to Thursday at 7.45pm, with 3pm matinees on Saturday, October 6, Sunday, October 7 and Saturday, October 13.

Running Time: 150 minutes (including interval).