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NEWS: The Pajama Game announces full West End cast

The Pajama Game - Original 2013 Chichester Festival Theatre ProductionPeter Polycarpou, Gary Wilmot and Colin Stinton join the cast of the West End transfer of Chichester Festival Theatre’s sparkling production of the Broadway smash hit musical, The Pajama Game, directed by Richard Eyre.

Peter Polycarpou and Colin Stinton reprise their rôles as Vernon Hines and Hasler, with Gary Wilmot taking over the rôle of Vernon Hines from 2 June. They join the previously announced Joanna Riding and Michael Xavier. The Pajama Game opens at the Shaftesbury Theatre on 13 May, with previews from 2 May, playing until 13 September 2014.

A buoyantly blissful blend of romance and comedy starring Joanna Riding reprising her feisty heroine, and Michael Xavier, the show features golden hits such as Hey There (You With The Stars In Your Eyes), Hernando’s Hideaway and Steam Heat.

In 1950s America, love is in the air at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory as handsome new Superintendent Sid Sorokin (Michael Xavier) falls head-over-heels for firebrand Union rep Babe Williams (Joanna Riding). Sparks fly when the employees are refused a seven-and-a-half cents raise, leaving Sid and Babe deliciously at odds as the temperature rises… Will love, eventually, conquer all?

Described by the critics as ‘A romping, uplifting, funny, touching revival from Richard Eyre…truly joyful dancing and fabulous big numbers’ (The Times), ‘A glorious tide of melody’ (The Guardian) and ‘smart, sexy and funny…’ (Daily Express).

This much-anticipated transfer will burst across the West End stage reminding us of the pedigree of its 1954 original creators: George Abbott, Richard Adler, Jerome Robbins, Hal Prince and Bob Fosse, who understood high-octane entertainment so very well and were all destined to become Broadway aristocracy.

Richard Eyre said “The Pajama Gamewas the first musical I ever heard – on an album belonging to my sister when I was 14. I had never seen it until I directed it at Chichester. It was a long wait to discover what an entrancing, joyful, tuneful and sharp show it is.”

Full Cast: Joanna Riding (Babe Williams), Michael Xavier (Sid Sorokin), Peter Polycarpou / Gary Wilmot (Vernon Hines), Alexis Owen Hobbs (Gladys), Claire Machin (Mabel), Colin Stinton (Hasler / Pop), Eugene McCoy (Prez), Siôn Lloyd (Max), Jennie Dale (Mae), Sharon Wattis (Poopsie), Keisha Amponsa Banson (Brenda), Lauren Varnham (Charlene), Jo Morris (Rita), Nolan Frederick (Charley), Richard Jones (Frank), Dan Burton (Earl) and James O’Connell (Joe).

The Chichester Festival Theatre production of The Pajama Game is produced in the West End by Joseph Smith and John Brant, Old Vic Productions, Gavin Kalin and Stephen McGill.


THE PAJAMA GAME |The Shaftesbury Theatre |Friday 2 May – Saturday 13 September 2014

Box office: +44 (0) 20 7379 5399 |£20 | £25 | £35 | £55 | £65. Day seats and premium seats also available.

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