Tuesday, 26 March 2013

The Hired Man....

My neighbour Trish and a few of her friends are very regular theatre goers and they have invited me to join them, last night was the first one.

The Mercury Theatre in Colchester, The Hired Man. A musical and the whole cast had great voices, although a few of them lisp which is distracting. The acting was superb really highlighting the highs and lows of their tough lives. All four of us enjoyed it even though the theatre was freezing, and I loved being out to the theatre again after so many years.

I was going to link to the right page, but thought that the theatre may delete the page when the play closes so then the link wouldn't work, so going with a rough copy and paste which is enough to remind me what I've seen.


by Melvyn Bragg and Howard Goodall
Director Daniel Buckroyd Designer Juliet Shillingford Lighting Designer Mark Dymock Sound Designer Tom Lishman Musical Director Richard Reeday
Cast includes: Julie Atherton: Jamie Barnard, Jenni Bowden, Jill Cardo, Rachael Gladwin, David Hunter, Oliver Izod, Kit Orton, Matthew Rutherford, Chris Staines, Mark Stobbart and Gary Tushaw


“Not to be missed”
The Daily Telegraph
“It dares us to feel pity but commands us to feel respect – simply awesome”
The Stage
Acclaimed for its epic, nostalgic, funny book and rousing, romantic, award-winning score, The Hired Man is arguably the finest new British musical of the last thirty years.
Set against the backdrop of the Cumbrian lakes in the early years of the twentieth century, it tells the timeless, moving story of a young married couple and their struggle to carve a living from the land, just as the traditional rhythms of English country life are being swept away by the gathering storm of war in Europe. It’s haunting, thrilling, stirring stuff.
Now the Mercury Theatre’s new Artistic Director Daniel Buckroyd has reassembled the creative team behind his critically-acclaimed 2008 touring production of this wonderful show, which captivated audiences throughout the UK before transferring to New York.
The Hired Man is based on the much-loved novel by Melvyn Bragg, and brought to life by the heartbreakingly-beautiful music of Howard Goodall, the EMMYBRIT and BAFTA award-winning composer of stage musicals including the recent West End hit Love Story, and film and TV scores including themes for Blackadder, The Vicar of Dibley, Mr Bean and QI.
Running time approx.
2hrs 30mins including interval

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