Little Miss Sunshine

Little Miss Sunshine

The Off-Broadway production by James Lapine (Into the Woods) and William Finn (Falsettos) lands in London at the Arcola Theatre. The Award-winning creative pair have successfully transformed the award-winning film for stage, retaining the humour and touching moments from the blockbuster.

Canterbury

The Marlowe Theatre

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See Little Miss Sunshine at the The Marlowe Theatre

The Off-Broadway production by James Lapine (Into the Woods) and William Finn (Falsettos) lands in London at the Arcola Theatre. The Award-winning creative pair have successfully transformed the award-winning film for stage, retaining the humour and touching moments from the blockbuster. Little Miss Sunshine hit cinema screens in 2006, became a stage sensation in the US in 2011, and is now set to take the UK by storm. The show's plot is largely in keeping with that of the film. It follows the Hoover family as they embark on a road trip from New Mexico to California, set on reaching the Little Miss Sunshine pageant. The story hilariously picks up on the interworkings of the family unit, playfully addressing family dynamics and the role of each family member and character. It lightheartedly packs all members into a creaky VW campervan, watching as they endure each other and come out of the trip with different perspectives. Thanks to Finn's fantastic score, Little Miss Sunshine on stage is full of original music that enhances the plot and makes for an entertaining theatre experience. As in the US, it is expected that audiences will leave London's Arcola fully satisfied with the musical adaptation of the witty and lovable family satire.

About

Named after the Elizabethan playwright, Christopher Marlowe, the theatre is a prominent feature in Canterbury, Kent. It offers a wealthy programme of plays, receiving many major West End musicals, opera productions, stand-up comedy shows, dance performances and musical concerts. Its range of pantomimes have seen notable performances from Natalie imbruglia, Gareth Gates and Martine McCutcheon. Alongside many of the leading touring productions, the theatre also provides a range of workshops for young people. The programmes are designed to boost skills in acting, writing and dance, in addition to instilling confidence and creativity. Workshops target different ages, abilities and interests, delivered within The Marlowe Youth Theatre, The Marlowe Dance Company, The Marlowe People’s Company and The Marlowe Playwrights. The theatre flaunts a fairly new building, due a series of redevelopments. In 1984, the Marlowe moved locations from a site on St Margaret’s Street to former 1930s cinema and host of the premiere for ‘A Canterbury Tale’ in 1944, The Friars. Further developments lead to the demolition of the cinema and a new-purpose built theatre in its place; the Marlowe is now smaller in size, but with a larger capacity - praised for having no seat over 25 metres away from the stage. The building is equipped with two modern auditoria, a performance space, bars and a restaurant, and a landscaped walkway to connect the theatre to the nearby River Stour.


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