Prepare for a premiere this autumn as Manchester’s acclaimed Hope Mill Theatre hosts the first production of Broadway musical Little Women seen in Europe.
Louisa May Alcott’s captivating and critically-acclaimed tale will be brought to life in the next collaboration by Katy Lipson of Aria Entertainment and Hope Mill Theatre – the team behind Pippin which is currently being staged at the theatre. It will be co-produced with Knockhardy Productions.
Based on Alcott’s 150-year-old book, and with a stunning score by Grammy Award winner Jason Howland, Little Women follows the adventures of the four March sisters – Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy.
Jo, the eldest daughter, and an aspiring writer, receives yet another rejection from a publisher. When her friend Professor Bhaer tells Jo she can do better by making her stories more personal, she weaves the story of how she and her sisters grew up in Civil War America – a tale of self-discovery, heartache, hope and everlasting love.
The Manchester production, which opens on Thursday 9 November, is directed by Bronagh Lagan and choreographed by Iona Holland, with design from Nik Corrall.
Aria Entertainment director and producer Katy Lipson says: “This is our 5th production at Hope Mill Theatre in just over a year and we couldn’t be more excited to be presenting the European Premiere of Little Women there. We have been touched by the support of our audiences and can’t wait to reveal our 2018 plans.”
Aria Entertainment is a theatrical production company headed by Manchester-born Katy, who has a wealth of experience in producing new and established works in the West End, Off West End, Edinburgh Festival and UK tours.
Whilst co-producers Knockhardy Productions, formed in 2008 by Matthew Hopton, acts as an independent production company that focuses on the performing arts, particularly musical theatre.
Hope Mill Theatre opened in December 2015, and is located in the Grade II Listed Hope Mill in Ancoats.
The theatre is the brainchild of Joseph Houston and William Whelton who, after a career in theatre and living in London, were inspired by the highly regarded Off West End Theatres and wanted to replicate them by forming a creative hub in Manchester.
The five-storey mill is also home to writers, artists and designers.