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The Arches, Villiers Street, London WC2N 6NG

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Closed April 6, 2019

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Why See Violet?

MusicalsDrama Desk Nominees2014 Tony Nominees

A Quest For Acceptance

After a successful and award-winning Off-Broadway premiere, the revival of Violet on Broadway that followed received four Tony Award nominations. Featuring music by Jeanine Tesori and libretto by collaborator Brian Crawley, Violet is a musical based on the short story 'The Ugliest Pilgrim' by Doris Bett. It tells the moving story of a young girl on a journey she hopes will transform her both physically and emotionally. The piece is an international co-production with Umeda Arts Theatre in Japan and is helmed by Japanese director, Shuntaro Fujita. Violet will premiere in the UK at the Charing Cross Theatre before transferring to Tokyo.

What Is Violet About?

A young girl - the eponymous Violet - on a bus trip in 1964, grapples with shame and self-doubt after a childhood accident left her with a deep facial scar. She begins her journey across the country to track down a televangelist she believes can pray away her affliction. Feeling on the outside of the world around her, Violet hopes this journey will transform her life. Unlikely friendships are formed with fellow passengers, and two soldiers on the bus, Monty and Flick, take her under their wing. Shaped by the reactions of the people she has encountered throughout her life, Violet finally learns how to deal with being an outsider, about true beauty, hope, courage and love.

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Additional Information


Opening night: 14 January 2019

Run time

1hour 45mins

And before you stop reading

Press Night is Monday 21st January at 19:30.

Cast and Creative


Kaisa Hammarlund as Violet
Jay Marsh as Flick
Marrhew Harvey as Monty
Amy Mepham, Rebecca Nardin and Maddie Sellman as Young Violet

Simbi Akande, Angelica Allen, Kenneth Avery-Clark, Keiron Crook, James Grant, Danny Michaels, Janet Mooney. 


Producers -  Steven M Levy and Vaughan Williams for Charing Cross Theatre Productions Limited, in a co-production with Umeda Arts Theatre Co Ltd, Osaka, Japan

Director - Shuntaro Fujita
Choreography - Cressida Carré
Set Design - Morgan Large
Costume - Jonathan Lipman
Lighting - Howard Hudson
Sound - Andrew Johnson
Music Direction - Dan Jackson

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