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The Hired Man – Coliseum Theatre, Oldham

Book:  Melvyn Bragg Music and Lyrics: Howard Goodall Director: Douglas Rintoul Reviewer: Helen Jones Writer Melvyn Bragg wrote his original novel The Hired Man in the 1960s.  He used his grandfather as the basis for the story of an ordinary working man in Cumberland towards the end of Victoria’s reign.   Newly married John Tallantire and his wife Emily are at ...

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The Hired Man – Hull Truck Theatre

Book: Melvyn Bragg Music/Lyrics: Howard Goodall Director: Douglas Rintoul Designer: Jean Chan Musical Director: Ben Goddard Reviewer: Ron Simpson Great claims are made for The Hired Man in the publicity for this co-production which has already been well received at the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch. On this evidence, it’s difficult to accept that it’s the best British musical of the last ...

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The Hired Man – St James Theatre, London

Book: Melvyn Bragg Music and Lyrics: Howard Goodall Director: Nikolai Foster Musical Director: Sarah Travis Reviewer: Glen Pearce   There are moments when history and theatre collide to create a moment of intense resonance. Howard Goodall’s The Hired Man covers an epic sweep of Cumbrian history but, in this Centenary year of the outbreak of the First World War, this ...

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The Hired Man – Curve, Leicester

Writer: Melvyn Bragg Music: Howard Goodall Lyrics: Howard Goodall Director: Daniel Buckroyd Reviewer: Rebecca Taylor [rating:5] A spell-binding performance that will have you on an emotional rollercoaster throughout. This accomplished musical, a collaboration between Curve Theatre and Mercury Theatre, tells the story of a typical young family in Cumbria in the early 1900s, making a living by any means possible ...

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The Hired Man – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Music and Lyrics: Howard Goodall Book: Melvyn Bragg Director: Daniel Buckroyd Musical Director: Richard Reeday Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:5] The on-going discussion on the future of the British musical continues to rumble apace. On a night when the latest West End blockbuster The Book of Mormon was drawing the attention of the national print critics for its opening in London, ...

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NEWS: Colchester Mercury Launches 2013 Programme

While many theatres are currently announcing their spring seasons, Colchester Mercury Theatre has gone one step further, today announcing programming for the entire of 2013. In his inaugural year at the Essex Theatre, new Artistic Director Daniel Buckroyd has launched what the venue is promoting as its ‘Made In Colchester’ season. For Buckroyd it’s a natural extension of the theatre’s ...

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