Daisy Pulls It Off

Comedy by Denise Deegan. Arriving as the first ever scholarship pupil at the exclusive Grangewood School for Girls, Daisy Meredith is in for a spiffing time. Despite having to overcome the beastliness of a couple of absolute rotters and getting into some fearful scrapes, Daisy excels as much on the hockey pitch as in the classroom. Yet she is still bounding with enugh energy to search for the missing treasure that would save her beloved Grangewood's fortunes... all with the help of her best chum, the irrepressible madcap Trixie Martin. Bubbling over with schoolgirl high jinks and lashings of good old fashioned fun, it's quite simply a ripping night out.

Original London West End Production 1983

1st West End Revival 2002

London Revival 2010

London Revival 2017

Daisy Pulls it Off is an affectionate, keenly observed parody of life in a 1920s English boarding school for girls in a bygone era. Featuring the school song written by the anagrammatical Beryl Waddle-Browne (AKA Andrew Lloyd-Webber).

Original London West End Production 1983

Previewed 13 April 1983, Opened 18 April 1983, Closed 15 February 1986 at the Globe Theatre (now Gielgud Theatre)

The original cast featured Alexandra Mathie as 'Daisy Meredith' with Helena Little as 'Trixie Martin', Adrienne Thomas as 'Monica Smithers', Kate Buffery as 'Clare Beaumont', Edita Brychta as 'Sybil Burlington', Charlotte West-Oram as 'Miss Gibson' and Roger Heathcott as 'Mr Scoblowski' with Rosalind Adler, Carol Ann Crawford, Lisa Anselini, Liz Buffery, Philip Guard, Sarah Harper, Ruth Kenley, Robin Miller, Sarah Mortimer, May Spence and Rodney Wood.

Directed by David Gilmore with designs by Glenn Willoughby and lighting by Brian Harris.

1st West End Revival 2002

Previewed 18 April 2002, Opened 29 April 2002, Closed 8 June 2002 at the Lyric Theatre

Revival re-created by the original creative team - this production also included two members of the original 1983 cast - Charlotte West-Oram and Roger Heathcott.

The cast featured Hannah Yelland as 'Daisy Meredith' with Katherine Heath as 'Trixie Martin', Anna Francolini as 'Monica Smithers', Katherine Igoe as 'Clare Beaumont', Jane Mark as 'Sybil Burlington', Charlotte West-Oram as 'Miss Gibson' and Roger Heathcott as 'Mr Scoblowski' with Jeff Bellamy, Helen Brampton, Amber Edlin, Natasha Green, Maxine Gregory, Jenni Maitland, Gailie Morrison, Karen Pinkus, Emma Stansfield and Delma Walsh.

Directed by David Gilmore with original designs by Glenn Willoughby, set re-created by Terry Parsons, costumes re-created by Bushy Westfallen and lighting by Brian Harris.

"Daisy is back and she is still a winner... Okay, you can have enough of girls shrieking 'top hole!' and 'play up,' but David Gilmore's direction never allows you to become bored and the author Denise Deegan's brilliant ear for parody has you wreathed in smiles. There are lashings of Latin mottoes, stiff upper lippery and schoolgirl pashes. The cast is great too. Hannah Yelland is a plucky Daisy, Jane Mark's nasty Sybil is a brilliant bully, and girl of the match for me was Katherine Heath's madcap little stunner, Trixie. Full marks all round for a show that is as scrummy as smuggled cream buns in the dormy." The Daily Express

"With an unpretentious revolving school set and pretty much faultless performances from a cast who clearly relish the tongue-in-cheek, jolly-hockey sticks dialogue the 2002 version deserves a decent run. Hannah Yelland is first-class as the eponymous Daisy Meredith, whose arrival at Grangewood Girls School causes chaos among her privileged fellow pupils. If there is a message it is that scholarship girls whose parents have no money deserve as much respect as their privileged class mates... Special mention should go to Katherine Heath who, as Daisy's madcap chum Trixie Martin, stole many of the laughs. Charlotte West-Oram delivered a very funny turn as the highly traditional headmistress who refers to her prepubescent charges as 'gels'." The Daily Mirror

"Denise Deegan has proved a one-hit wonder, and her original producer, Andrew Lloyd Webber, has reassembled the play just as it was, with the same director, David Gilmore, and the same panelled setting. It's still a ripping yarn and frothy fun. But a new twist or two would not have gone amiss... As it stands, the action is a little on the sedate and dusty side, with Katherine Heath's best chum Trixie stealing the honours right from under Hannah Yelland's pert Daisy nose. Two of the original cast, Charlotte West-Oram, a diluted Penelope Keith as the head, and Roger Heathcott as a vaguely bluff 'enigmatic Russian music teacher', suggest that the revival is more sentimental than daring." The Daily Mail

"Denis Deegan's tongue may be in her cheek, but her face never lets on, remaining poker-straight throughout. And David Gilmore's vivacious production matches this, playing the text earnestly... Katherine Igoe is splendid as the head girl, 'a shining example of British girlhood', while Emma Stansfield as her hearty, hockey-playing deputy would evidently walk barefoot over hot coals for her. Hannah Yelland brings such radiant goodwill and vitality to Daisy that it is impossible not to warm to her, and loveliest of all is Katherine Heath as Trixie. There are times when Daisy is so relentlessly plucky that you want to whack her with a hockey stick, and the yarns go on a little after some of us would like lights out, but all in all, this is ripping stuff." The Financial Times

Daisy Pulls it Off in London at the Lyric Theatre previewed from 18 April 2002, opened on 29 April 2002 and closed on 8 June 2002 at the Lyric Theatre

London Revival 2010

Previewed 19 January 2010, Opened 21 January 2010, Closed 6 February 2010 at the Arts Theatre

Nadine Hanwell's revival of this classic comedy transfers to the Arts Theatre following successful seasons at the Baron's Court Theatre in West London in 2008 and 2009.

The cast featured Lucy Austin as 'Daisy Meredith' with Rebecca Haigh as 'Trixie Martin', Jennifer Page as 'Monica Smithers', Emma Scholes as 'Clare Beaumont', Fiona Domenica as 'Sybil Burlington', Maxine Scholfield as 'Miss Gibson' and Christopher Kouros as 'Mr Scoblowski' with Joanne Gale, Olivia Hunter, Lulu Miller, Kate Sandison and Robert Hartley Wainwright.

Directed by Nadine Hanwell with designs by James Sheppard.

London Revival 2017

Previewed 5 December 2017, Opened 8 December 2017, Closed 13 January 2018 at the Park Theatre

The cast featured Anna Shaffer as 'Daisy Meredith', with Pauline McLynn as 'Trixie Martin', Clare Perkins as 'Monica Smithers', Melanie Fulbrook as 'Clare Beaumont', Shobna Gulati as 'Sybil Burlington', Lucy Eaton as 'Miss Gibson', and Freddie Hutchins as 'Mr Scoblowski'.

Directed by Paulette Randall, with designs by Libby Watson, lighting by Mike Robertson, and sound by Katie Cogan.