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Kaisa Hammarlund to star in UK premiere of Jeanine Tesori’s Violet

Kaisa Hammarlund recently starred in Jeanine Tesori's Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo: Marc Brenner
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Kaisa Hammarlund will star in the title role of Jeanine Tesori’s musical Violet when it premieres in the UK next month.

Hammarlund played Alison Bechdel in Tesori’s Fun Home when it ran at the Young Vic earlier this year, and will collaborate with the composer on the London run of Violet.

The musical will play at the Charing Cross Theatre from Jnaury 14 to April 6, ahead of a transfer to Tokyo. It is co-produced by Steven M Levy and Vaughan Williams for Charing Cross Theatre Productions and Japanese company UmedaArts Theater.

Press night will be on January 21.

Hammarlund will star alongside Jay Marsh and Matthew Harvey in the show, while the cast also includes Simbi Akande, Angelica Allen, Kenneth Avery-Clark, Keiron Crook, James Gant, Danny Michaels, Janet Mooney with Amy Mepham, Rebecca Nardin and Maddie Sellman as young Violet.

Violet has music by Tesori and a book and lyrics by Brian Crawley.

It is directed by Shuntaro Fujita, with choreography by Cressida Carre, set design by Morgan Large lighting by Howard Hudson, sound by Andrew Johnson, costumes by Jonathan Lipman and musical direction is by Dan Jackson.