Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel was first performed by the repertory company at The Palace Theatre, Westcliff, in 1993/4. It was commissioned for a cast of just 7 and makes an ideal Christmas show for a professional company. Hansel and Gretel, cast out of their home on Christmas morning by their cruel stepmother, are lured to the Witch’s cottage by the Troll. It is Gretel’s quick thinking which enables both children to escape, but only back into the forest where more dangers await them. The show is lighthearted, fast-moving and funny, and contains plenty of audience participation. At the same time it has an important message about the dangers of taking sweets from strangers. Minimum cast size: 7 (2 cast members are required to “double”.) Number of individual speaking parts: 9 Suitable for: Professional companies; Amateur companies Running time: Approx. 1 hour 45 minutes A backing CD of this show is not...

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland was first produced at The Grand Opera House (York) in 1989 and has enjoyed over 2,000 performances since, making this adaptation one of the most successful versions of Lewis Carroll’s classic children’s story ever written. It can be staged with just 8 actors/actresses (that involves most of the cast playing 3 or 4 characters), but it does lend itself equally well to much larger companies; in fact there are no fewer than 24 speaking and singing parts. This adaptation draws out all the humour and magic of the original story and creates an exciting and challenging musical, ideal for professional companies as well as schools. Audience involvement and participation is a particular feature in this show! It was first performed at The Bryanston Arts Centre and The Gardner Arts Centre from November 1993 to January 1994 and ran for 53 performances. Minimum cast size (with most of the cast playing several parts): 8 But the show works very well with a much larger cast. Number of individual speaking parts: 24 Suitable for: Professional Companies;  Amateur Companies;  Schools Running time: Approx. 1 hour 45 minutes A backing CD of this show is...

Treasure Island

Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic, Treasure Island, has been a favourite with children as well as adults for several generations. There have been many stage adaptations of this story, each one offering a slightly different approach. This musical adaptation combines humour and some audience participation with a powerful and, at times, quite frightening story. I think the balance works well. The original production was staged at the Gardner Arts Centre in Brighton with a cast of 7 adults, 1 child (Jim) and a chorus of 6 teenagers. It ran for 45 performances from December 2001 to January 2002 and played to over 14,500 people. If you ignore the suggested “doubling” the show offers considerable scope for companies wanting to use a larger cast as there are 11 speaking parts and plenty of opportunities for chorus work with the pirates and sailors. Minimum cast size (with 3 cast members ‘doubling’): 8 + plus a chorus of sailors and pirates. However, the musical works very well with a much larger cast as there is plenty for the sailors and pirates to do. Number of individual speaking parts: 11 Suitable for: Amateur companies; Schools Running time: Approx. 1 hour 45 minutes A backing CD of this show is...

Robin Hood

A fierce debate still rages today about the historical accuracy of the stories surrounding the legend of Robin Hood. This adaptation does not attempt to support any particular evidence, but it hopefully goes some way towards satisfying an audience’s expectations as well as adding something to the understanding of the character’s appeal – which is as strong in the 21st century as it ever has been. The show was originally written for a small professional company. However, it can work equally well with a much larger company. The Adventures of Robin Hood was first produced at The Gardner Arts Centre by a professional company consisting of a small cast of just 6 adults and a chorus of about 8 teenaged boys and girls.  It ran for 44 performances and played to over 14,000 people.  The show works really well with a much larger cast. Minimum cast size: 6 adults (one of whom ‘doubles’) plus a chorus of Cut-Throats, Merry Men and Women, Guards and Archers some of whom have small speaking parts. Please note that this musical can be staged by a much larger cast as there is plenty for the ensemble to do. Number of individual speaking parts: 11 Suitable for: Professional companies; Amateur companies; Schools Running time: Approx. 1 hour 45 minutes A backing CD of this show is...

Back to Front

Set against the backdrop of World War II, Back to Front follows the adventures of several families and individuals whose lives are turned upside-down (and back to front!) by a series of amusing and terrifying events. This musical play was first staged at The Gardner Arts Centre in Brighton in the summer of 2002 with a huge cast of over 250. With plenty of ensemble numbers and no fewer than 30 individual speaking parts, it offers enormous potential for schools and dramatic companies with plenty of actors at their disposal. However, many of the parts could be “doubled”, so companies wanting to stage the piece with a smaller cast size will be able to do so quite easily. Minimum cast size: This show works really well with a large cast and is therefore ideal for amateur companies and schools. There are 30 individual speaking /singing parts (15 adults and 15 children) and plenty of ensemble opportunities for both adults and children. Number of individual speaking parts: 30 Suitable for: Professional Companies;  Amateur Companies;  Schools Running time: Approx. 1 hour 50 minutes A backing CD of this show is...