Side Show at Southwark Playhouse

Southwark Playhouse, London

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Broadway musical Side Show receives its UK Premiere in a brand new production at Southwark Playhouse.

Inspired by the true story of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, Side Show is a remarkable musical about love, acceptance and embracing the unique.

Side Show runs from 21 October 2016 until 3 December 2016 at Southwark Playhouse.


The Hilton Sisters make ends meet playing a headline act at a seedy side show, languishing under the rule of an oppressive ringmaster. But when spotted by a talent agent, they are thrust into the spotlight of the famed 1920’s Orpheum Circuit, soon becoming the highest paid vaudeville stars of their time.

But whilst Daisy relishes the spotlight, Violet wishes for a quiet life with a man she loves, and who loves her. Can they balance their individual dreams with their inescapable physical connection?

Side Show is a heartwarming search for first love and acceptance, amidst the spectacle of fame and scrutiny under the spotlight.


Louise Dearman and Laura Pitt-Pulford lead the cast as conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, alongside Haydn Oakley as Terry Connor, Jay Marsh as Jake, Dominic Hodson as Buddy Foster, Christopher Howell as The Boss/Sir, Lala Barlow as Bearded Lady, Oliver Marshall as Dog, David Muscat as Human Pin Cushion, Nuwan Hugh Perera as Sheik Fakir, Agnes Pure as Snake Lady, Nuno Queimado as Reptile Man, Kirstie Skivington as Half Man Half Woman and Genevieve Taylor as Dolly Dimples.

Dearman (Daisy) is best known for being the first actress to star as both Glinda and Elphaba in the hit musical Wicked, whilst her recent theatre credits include Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls (UK Tour) and Kiss Me Kate (Royal Albert Hall).

Pitt-Pulford (Violet) was recently seen in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) for which she was received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical. Her other credits include Flowers for Mrs Harris (Sheffield Crucible) and Oliver! (Leicester Curve).


Side Show has music by Henry Krieger (Dreamgirls) and book and lyrics by Bill Russell, with additional book material by Bill Condon. The production will be directed by Hannah Chissick, with choreography by Matthew Cole, design by takis and sound design by Dan Simpson.

Side Show is presented by Paul Taylor-Mills, who returns to Southwark Playhouse following his Olivier nominated production of In The Heights and Carrie: The Musical.

Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 3 December 2016

Venue Information

Southwark Playhouse, 77-85 Newington Causeway, London, SE1 6BD
Nearest Tube or Train: Elephant & Castle (Bakerloo line, Northern line)
Nearest Buses: 35, 40, 133, 136, 333, 343, C10, N35, N133, N343
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