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21 March–11 May 2019

Arcola Theatre and Selladoor Productions present

Little Miss Sunshine

A road musical

Book by James Lapine

Music & Lyrics by William Finn

Directed by Mehmet Ergen

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).

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.

Post-show events

Jeannie’s Theatre Conversations | Saturday 30 March, 15.00  a post-show discussion with the cast and creative team. Free entry.
Relaxed Performance | Saturday 27 April, 15:00: A relaxed performance is intended specifically to be sensitive to and accepting of audience members who may benefit from a more relaxed environment, including (but not limited to) those with autistic spectrum conditions or anyone with sensory and communication disorders. Babes in arms are also welcome to relaxed performances.

European premiere

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

An ingenious invention that honours the hit movie
—Newsday on the US production
A road trip quite unlike any other you've seen on stage
—USA Today on the US production


Mehmet Ergen


David Woodhead

Lighting Design

Richard Williamson


Anthony Whiteman

Musical Supervision

Mark Crossland
Best £30 (£26 previews)
Standard £25 (£22 previews)
Value £20 (£18 previews)
Restricted £10

Standard tickets are £12 or less with Arcola Passport.

Arcola Passports can only be used for performances until 6 April 2019.

Previews: 21 - 30 March 2019.
Press night: 1 April 2019, 7pm.

Monday - Saturday at 7.30pm.
Saturday matinees at 3pm.
Wednesday matinees - 24 April, 1 May, 8 May at 3pm.


  • Students / 26 & under - 20% off Standard seats, or join Young Arcola for free to book Value seats at £10
  • 65 and over - 20% off Standard and Value seats
  • People in receipt of disability benefits - free companion with full-price Standard seat or 20% off Best, Standard or Value seats
  • People in receipt of unemployment benefits - Value seats at £10 or 20% off Standard seats
  • Theatre union members - 10% off Standard and Value seats
  • School and college groups (10+) - Best available seats at £12 for Mon–Wed evenings and Wed matinees, one free teacher per 10 students
  • Groups (10+) - eleventh ticket free

    Pay What You Can Tuesdays – limited allocation of tickets available in person, each Tuesday from 6pm. More info »

    Running time: 120 minutes approximately (including interval).

  • Suitable for 14+

    Press enquiries: Sara Parsons —

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