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Little Miss Sunshine musical announces European premiere and UK tour

Off Broadway musical Little Miss Sunshine is to make its European premiere at London’s Arcola Theatre before embarking on a UK tour.

The musical comedy, which is based on the film by Michael Arndt, will run at the Arcola for a seven-week season from March 21 to May 11, 2019, with press night on April 1.

The tour will then open at the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich on May 20, and will visit locations including Woking, Glasgow, Canterbury, Aberdeen and Eastbourne, where it runs until October 12.

Further dates and casting are to be announced.

Little Miss Sunshine, which centres around a girl’s dream to compete in a beauty pageant, is created by James Lapine and William Finn.

This new production will be directed by the Arcola’s artistic director Mehmet Ergen with set and costume design by David Woodhead, lighting by Richard Williamson, choreography by Anthony Whiteman and musical supervision by Mark Crossland.

Little Miss Sunshine is a co-production between Selladoor Worldwide and the Arcola Theatre.

Ergen said: “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.

“Our diverse family of artists and audiences is growing every year, and we’re delighted that thousands more people outside London will get to experience Little Miss Sunshine.”

David Hutchinson, executive creative producer at Selladoor Worldwide, added: “This new co-production with the Arcola allows us to create an adaptable musical production which will be seen in both an intimate London venue and in larger theatres across the country thus reaching a wider theatre audience.”