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Tony Award-winning musical Pippin transfers to Southwark Playhouse


Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

JONATHAN O’Boyle’s acclaimed production of the multi Tony Award-winning musical Pippin is transferring to Southwark Playhouse from Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre for a limited four-week season in Spring 2018.

Written by Roger O. Hirson and composed by Stephen Schwartz, it will run in Southwark Playhouse’s Large space from February 28 (previews from February 23) to March 24.

Vaudeville, magic, comedy, romance – life is an adventure and Pippin has it all.

A soul-searching exploration of one man’s journey to find himself, his place and purpose in life, Pippin is a musical about an ordinary man on an extraordinary journey.

Featuring a stunning score including classics Magic to Do and Corner of the Sky, Pippin was originally directed by the great Bob Fosse and recently completed a hugely successful Broadway revival.

This new production spreads a darkness over the innocent tale of the exciting life and adventures of young Prince Pippin, told by a mysterious troupe of Victorian Vaudeville players who promise the audience ‘a finale you will remember for the rest of your lives…’

Stephen Schwartz said: “I am so pleased that such a successful and well-received production of Pippin has finally happened in the UK, and I’m incredibly excited to be sharing it with a London audience.”

Pippin will be the third production from Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre to transfer to London’s Off-West End in under a year. The team’s production of Hair has just opened at The Vaults.

Jonathan O’Boyle is also directing the forthcoming Dear Brutus at Southwark Playhouse this Christmas.

Presented by Aria Entertainment, Hope Mill Theatre and Guy James Theatrical, Pippin is designed by Maeve Black, with musical direction by Zach Flis, choreography by William Whelton and lighting design by Aaron J Dootson.

Official Website.

Tickets: Previews: February 23, 24, 26 and 27 – all tickets £14. From February 28: £25, £20 concessions. To book, call the box office on 020 7407 0234 or visit

Times: Monday to Saturdays at 7.30pm; Tuesday and Saturday matinees at 3pm (no matinee on February 24).