Violet was facially disfigured as a child and it has shaped her life, she remembers and sees the reactions of the people she meets from day to day. Determined to make a change, Violet decides to take her life savings and head from North Caroline halfway across the US to Oklahoma where she hopes to find a miraculous cure. The people she meets along the way are sure to mould her in ways she didn’t expect, but what will she find waiting for her at the end of her road?
Based on Doris Betts’ short story The Ugliest Pilgrim the musical Violet made its initial debut off-Broadway. Having won multiple awards for Best Musical after its Off-Broadway premiere, the Broadway revival of this touching musical was nominated for 4 Tony Awards. Now Violet makes its way to London’s Charing Cross Theatre for its UK premiere.
Violet has a book and lyrics by Brian Crawley and music by the incredibly talented Jeanine Tesori. Her score for the musical Fun Home, written along with Lisa Kron won a Tony Award for Best Orginal Score. Jeanine Tesori has also been nominated for Tony Awards for Caroline, Or Change, Shrek The Musical and Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Ideally situated under Charing Cross Station, the New Players Theatre is brimming with history and is proud to be one of London’s last remaining music hall venues. Over 100 years of entertainment lives within these walls creating a beautifully theatrical atmosphere bursting with memories of London’s finest entertainers - and, back in the days, if you were willing to buy a pint and a cigar then your entrance was free! Sadly with the smoking ban now in force we have to charge a little more than that, but we remain a competitively priced, central London venue, giving audiences the chance to see, with ease, a range of entertainment.
We have been striving to continue the spirit of the venue by entertaining audiences with many kinds of events from late night cabarets, plays, comedy and musicals to showcases, fashion shows and music gigs.
The venue is beautiful and still has the original Victorian bar at the back of the auditorium with the original Victorian glass panelling, as you can imagine the atmosphere in this space is one of a kind. The theatre is perfectly complimented with a highly successful bar and restaurant which opens until 2.30am. We are a venue which hardly sleeps at all.
History Of The Theatre
Founded in 1936 this theatre occupied several premises in the West End before locating to its present site under The Arches below Charing Cross Station. The current site was a famous Victorian music hall which went on to produce many musicals, pantomimes and melodramas.
With 275 seats The New Players Theatre is one of the smallest West End theatres. It was rebuilt in 1989 as part of the Charing Cross re-development to meet the demands of national and international producers wanting a theatre which offers a degree of intimacy and is the equivalent of an Off-Broadway space.
The Theatre and Players Bar and Restaurant have recently been refurbished and are now owned and operated by The Pure Group.
The New Players Theatre and Players Bar and Restaurant have unimpeded access from the Strand or Embankment into the foyer of the venue. From here there is level access to Balcony One for the Theatre, box office, unisex toilet facilities, the bars and restaurant. The main stalls level is 16 steps down from the main entrance, with handrails on either side. The toilets for the main stalls are a further 8 steps down from the doors to the theatre. Seating within the theatre is gently raked from row C onwards. Row K on the central aisle is on the same level as the doors to the theatre and has the most leg room of all rows.
Balcony One has removable seating for up to 4 wheelchairs. The area has an excellent view of the stage and level access from the foyer. Please call the theatre direct to book tickets: 020 7930 5868 during office hours and ask to speak to one of the admin staff.
The venue welcomes guide dogs