Pitlochry Festival Theatre announce cast of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Group photo of the cast

Casting has been announced for Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s revival of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.

The new production of the award-winning West End and Broadway musical runs at the venue from 7 June until 28 September 2024.

Playing the title role of Carole King will be Kirsty Findlay who was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role along with the 2016 cast of the National Theatre of Scotland’s production of Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour.

Joining her will be Lola Aluko as Cynthia; Chris Coxon as Neil Sedaka; Theo Diedrick as Barry; Connor Going as Gerry Goffin; Charlotte Grayson as Shirelle; Nina Kristofferson as Janelle; Signe Larsson as Lucille; Myles Miller as Drifter; Wendy Paver as Genie; Elizabeth Rowe as Marilyn; Robin Simpson as Donnie Kirshner; Luke Thornton as Nick and Luke Wilson as Lou Adler. All other roles will be played by the cast.

The book of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is by Douglas McGrath with words and music by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann, and Cynthia Weil.

The new production is directed by Sam Hardie, designed by Jessica Worrall, with music directed by Richard Reeday, lighting by Jeanine Byrne, movement directed and choreographed by Sundeep Saini and sound design by Hugh Barbour and Toby McFarlane.

Follow the inspiring story of Carole King’s journey from schoolgirl to superstar; from her relationship with husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin, to their close friendship and playful rivalry with fellow song-writing duo Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, to her remarkable rise to stardom. Along the way, she became one of the most successful solo acts in music history and wrote the soundtrack to a generation.

Director Sam Hardie said: “I am absolutely thrilled and so excited to be working with an incredible company of creatives to tell the mighty Carole King’s story and sing her songs at the beautiful Pitlochry Festival Theatre.

“There is so much to say about Carole King and what she did for music, women and what she gave the world – you will see it shine so bright in this brilliant story.”

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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