Little Women The Musical to make European debut in Manchester

Manchester’s acclaimed Hope Mill Theatre is set to host the first production of Broadway musical Little Women this Autumn.

It will be the first time that the production has been seen in Europe and is set to take to the stage from Thursday November 9 until Saturday December 9, 2017.

Louisa May Alcott’s 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 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, which is a tale of self-discovery, heartache, hope and everlasting love.

Aria Entertainment director and producer Katy Lipson said: “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.”

The Manchester production, which opens on Thursday November 9, is directed by Bronagh Lagan and choreographed by Iona Holland, with design from Nik Corrall.