Melvin Bragg and Howard Goodall’s moving rural musical The Hired Man will return to London in July with a limited run at the Union Theatre. The show begins previewing on 19 July with a press night on 21 July – the last performance is on 12 August.
Based on Bragg’s 1969 novel, the first of the author’s best-selling Cumbrian Trilogy, The Hired Man was transformed into an award-winning musical in 1984 by Bragg and renowned composer Goodall (Bend It Like Beckham, Love Story).
Directed by Brendan Matthew whose previous credits include My Land’s Shore and The Kissing Dance, the Union production will be choreographed by Charlotte Tooth. Musical direction/orchestrations will be by Richard Bates with production design by Justin Williams. The Union’s Sasha Regan will produce.
The cast will include: Ifan Gwilym-Jones, Rebecca Gilliland, Kara Taylor Alberts, Jack McNeill, Luke Kelly, Christopher Lyne, Megan Armstrong, Sam Peggs, Jonathan Carlton, Matthew Chase, Aaron Davey, Lori Mclare, Laurel Dougall, Nick Brittain and Rebecca Withers.
Originally opening in the West End in 1984, The Hired Man has been revived several times, most notably a co-production between Leicester Curve and Colchester Mercury in 2013 and the previous London revival at the Landor Theatre in 2011. Last year the show received its first major concert presentation in over 20 years at London’s Cadogan Hall.