Based on the film "Little Miss Sunshine", written by Michael Arndt
Originally Directed by James Lapine
Performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited

 Directed by



The road to happiness is a bumpy ride.

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 Putnam County Spelling Bee).

This EUROPEAN PREMIERE stars Olivier-award nominee Laura Pitt-Pulford* (Nell Gwynn, Cameron Mackintosh’s Barnum, Oliver!) as Sheryl and Olivier-award winner Gary Wilmot* (The Wind in the Willows, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - London Palladium) as Grandpa. Joining them are two-time Olivier-award nominee Paul Keating (Tick Tick Boom, The Wizard of Oz – London Palladium, Little Shop of Horrors, The Full Monty) as uncle Frank, Gabriel Vick (Sunny Afternoon, Avenue Q, Les Misérables - stage & film, EastEnders) as Richard, and Sev Keoshgerian (The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)) as Dwayne.

The Hoover family 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 in to their rickety yellow camper van. Can it survive the 800-mile trip from New Mexico to California – and more importantly, can they?

This uplifting, modern classic celebrates the quirks of every family, the potholes in every road, and the power of overcoming our differences.

Lapine and Finn’s inventive musical version opens in London in a brand new production directed by Arcola Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen, then takes to the road for a national tour.

*Appearing at Arcola Theatre only

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