4.3 (4) · Contemporary, Fringe TheatreMusicals

A multi award-winning musical based on the short story The Ugliest Pilgrim by Doris Betts.


1964. Somewhere between North Carolina and Oklahoma, we find Violet, a young woman who was facially disfigured as a child. She hopes her life savings will bring her a miracle halfway across the country. Reflecting on her childhood, and shaped by the reactions of the people she encounters, Violet embarks on a life-changing personal journey.

Critic reviews

Road trip with an unexpected destination

Evening Standard

The nine-strong band is so overpowering that I missed at least a third of the lyrics, and once again I wondered why an intimate musical needs to be so relentlessly amplified

The Guardian

Kaisa Hammarlund gives a warm performance in Jeanine Tesori’s wholesome, if slightly kitsch, musical

The Stage

Whatever my reservations, this is undoubtably a show that musical aficionados need to see


There's a fine night's entertainment in this show, but it's suffocated by too many flaws to shine through

Broadway World

Kaisa Hammarlund; an astonishing actor and singer. This is an intense - and intensely moving - performance of a woman seeking a miracle cure from that physical disability, but finding a different kind of healing

London Theatre

It may be overshadowed in composer Jeanine Tesori’s back catalogue by Fun Home and Shrek the Musical, but the musical score for Violet is one of her best

Musical Theatre Review

Fantastic performances and a beautiful score make this a story worth telling

Theatre Weekly

The cast’s vocals are impressive, and the ensemble carry the piece nicely, but it isn’t quite enough to carry a piece that, in some ways, doesn’t feel built to work

A Younger Theatre

Guarantees an evening of superb entertainment through its dialogue and catchy musical numbers, proving to be a wonderful production that will keep everyone satisfied

The Upcoming

Date & time

Show ended
Mon 14 Jan - Sat 6 Apr, 2.30pm, 3pm & 7.30pm


The Arches, Villiers Street WC2N 6NL London, UK · Get Directions
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