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Violet receives UK premiere at Charing Cross Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

MULTI award-winning musical Violet is to receive its UK premiere at Charing Cross Theatre, where it will run for a 12-week season from Monday, January 14 to Saturday, April 6, 2019.

Violet has music by Jeanine Tesori (Tony Award winner for Best Original Score with Lisa Kron for Fun Home, and Tony-nominated for Caroline, or Change and Shrek the Musical), and book and lyrics by Brian Crawley (The Little Princess).

A Japanese co-production, Violet will transfer to Tokyo after the London run.

Announcing the co-production, Thom Southerland, Artistic Director of Charing Cross Theatre said: “I am delighted to welcome director Shuntaro Fujita and our producing partners Umeda Arts Theater for this exciting production. For four years it has been my privilege to create shows with Umeda Arts Theater in Japan and I am pleased that Violet is the first of our collaborations in the UK.

“Building on our in-house musical productions of Ragtime, Titanic, Death Takes A Holiday and The Woman in White, I am thrilled that Jeannie Tseori and Brian Crawley’s urgent, exciting and extraordinary musical will find its premiere at Charing Cross Theatre. Umeda Arts Theater have been creating world class, international theatre in both Japan and on Broadway and I am delighted they have joined us at Charing Cross Theatre for a production which will transfer to Tokyo after its initial London run.

“This collaboration marks the beginning of an exchange of both work and artists between Charing Cross Theatre and Umeda Arts Theater and we will soon announce further projects including the development of new work and further UK premieres. Violet is an important production at Charing Cross Theatre celebrating our commitment to the creation of exemplary work from a range of international artists.”

It’s 1964. Somewhere between North Carolina and Oklahoma, is Violet, a young woman who was facially disfigured as a child. She hopes her life savings will bring her a miracle halfway across the country. Reflecting on her childhood, and shaped by the reactions of the people she encounters, Violet embarks on a life-changing personal journey.

Violet, based on the short story The Ugliest Pilgrim by Doris Betts, premiered Off-Broadway and won the Drama Critics’ Circle Award and Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical, before transferring to Broadway where it was nominated for four Tony awards.

Directed by Shuntaro Fujita, Violet has choreography by Cressida Carré, set design by Morgan Large, costumes by Jonathan Lipman, lighting by Howard Hudson, sound by Andrew Johnson and music direction by Dan Jackson. Associate music director is Chris Ma, associate director is Abigail Pickard-Price and production supervisior is Thom Southerland.

Casting will be announced in due course.

Violet is co-produced by Steven M. Levy and Vaughan Williams for Charing Cross Theatre Productions Limited and Umeda Arts Theater Co, Ltd., Osaka, Japan.

Tickets: Premium £42.50 which includes prime stalls locations, a programme and a glass of bubbly. Stalls £35. Balcony £25. Slips £17.50. To book, call the box office on 08444 930650 or visit www.charingcrosstheatre.co.uk/. A booking fee applies to phone and internet orders; no booking fee to personal callers.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm; Wednesday matinees at 2.30pm; and Saturday at 3pm.

New pop musical Mythic continues at Charing Cross Theatre until November 24, 2018.