The new revival of Pippin playing in London has extended its run.
Stephen Schwartz’s Tony Award-winning musical opened at the Charing Cross Theatre on 30 June and will now run to 3 October with tickets on sale now here.
Produced by Adam Blanshay Productions, Edward Johnson and Steven M. Levy, the show is staged in the round with a cast of eight.
Steven Dexter directs with a cast current featuring Ryan Anderson as Pippin, Ian Carlyle as the Leading Player, Alex James-Hatton as Lewis, Daniel Krikler as Charles (to 12 September), Alex Lodge as Charles (from 13 September) Gabrielle Lewis-Dodson as Fastrada, Natalie McQueen as Catherine, Genevieve Nicole as Berthe and Jaydon Vijn as Theo.
Director Steven Dexter said: “Stephen Schwartz started writing an early version of the show while he was a student at Carnegie Mellon University in 1967. Flower power was at its peak, war was raging in Vietnam and Hair opened on Broadway. It was the year of The Summer of Love. My take on the show is told by a group of hippie travellers of that time.”
Composer Stephen Schwartz added: “I’m delighted that Steven Dexter’s new and re-imagined production of Pippin will have further life this summer at Charing Cross Theatre. By stripping back Pippin to its essence, it draws the audience directly into the heart of the story. I’m excited to come over to see it for myself, and if Covid-19 rules permit, I will be there.”
Together with Schwartz’s score, Pippin has a book by Roger O. Hirson.
The musical first premiered on Broadway in 1972 where it won four Tony Awards, before a West End production a year later.
A synopsis of the musical shares:
With an infectiously unforgettable score from four-time Grammy winner, three-time Oscar winner and musical theatre giant, Stephen Schwartz, Pippin is the story of one young man’s journey to be extraordinary.
Heir to the Frankish throne, the young prince Pippin is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power (after disposing of his father, King Charlemagne the Great). In the end, though, Pippin finds that happiness lies not in extraordinary endeavors, but rather in the unextraordinary moments that happen every day.