A musical adaptation of Little Miss Sunshine will have its UK premiere in London in March 2019 before embarking on a UK tour in May.

Based on the Oscar-winning film, Little Miss Sunshine is a new musical comedy from Tony Award-winners James Lapine (Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George) and William Finn (Falsettos, 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee).

The show will run at London’s Arcola Theatre for seven weeks from 21 March, before embarking on a UK tour on 20 May, visiting New Wolsey Ipswich, Salford, York, Brighton, Bradford, Woking, Glasgow, Birmingham, Canterbury, Blackpool, Malvern, Leicester, Aberdeen, Exeter and Eastbourne. Further dates are also yet to be announced.

Lapine and Finn’s musical version will be directed by Arcola Theatre’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.

Arcola Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen tells Encore Radio:

“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”

Little Miss Sunshine tells the story of The Hoovers, a family that 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 camper van. Can it survive the 800-mile trip from New Mexico to California – and more importantly, can they?


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