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The Go-Between Musical At West Yorkshire Playhouse

First musical version of L P Hartley’s classic romantic novel

Published on August 3rd 2011.


The Go-Between Musical At West Yorkshire Playhouse

‘THE past is a foreign country, they do things differently there’.

Opening with this famous first line, L P Hartley’s romantic novel The Go-Between is a poignant story of childhood innocence, hidden memories and self-realisation.

This beautifully evocative new musical features young local talents in the roles of Leo and Marcus, found from open auditions held in Leeds.

The Playhouse is the home of a new British musical adaptation of this classic text, featuring book and lyrics by playwright David Wood, music and lyrics by composer Richard Taylor and directed by Roger Haines.

The production receives its world premiere on 9 September launching the Playhouse’s autumn/winter 2011 season and runs in the Courtyard theatre until October 1.

Created as an intimate chamber piece, The Go-Between’s haunting score for solo piano is performed on-stage by musical director Jonathan Gill.

The tale begins with an elderly man, Leo Colston, stumbling across a trunk filled with the memories of his past, memories long buried and best forgotten. But he cannot forget the events of the oppressively hot summer of 1900, and the memories of his days spent in Norfolk come flooding back.

Spending the holidays with the family of his school friend Marcus, the young Leo is unwittingly enlisted into an adult affair of deceit and forbidden passion. Acting as the go-between for the beautiful, upper-class Marian and tenant-farmer Ted, Leo becomes embroiled in a doomed love affair which will shape his life forever.

This beautifully evocative new musical features young local talents in the roles of Leo and Marcus, found from open auditions held in Leeds.  In the Playhouse production Edward Cooke from Thackley and Jake Abbott from Harrogate will be sharing the role of young Leo and Marcus is played by William James Mercer and John James Cairns, both from Leeds.

Go_BetweenGo-BetweenThey will be joining a cast of nine professional actors that includes Sophie Bould playing Marion, Stuart Ward as Ted, James Staddon as the grown-up Leo and Stephen Carlile in the part of Trimingham. Completing the cast are Philip Cox, Richard Kent, Fiona O’Carroll, Gemma Page and Chris Theo-Cook.

The Go-Between was written in 1953 and was famously adapted for the big screen in 1970 by Harold Pinter, with Julie Christie as Marian and Alan Bates as Ted.

Playwright David Wood’s popular adaptations of best-selling books and commitment to children’s theatre has seen him described as ‘the national children’s dramatist’ by The Times). His plays are performed worldwide and include the Gingerbread Man, Babe and the Tiger who Came To Tea, in addition to seven Roald Dahl stories including the BFG, The Twits and The Witches.

The Go-Between has been co-produced by the Playhouse, Derby LIVE and Royal & Derngate Northampton with the support of Perfect Pitch. Founded in 2006 Perfect Pitch is a not-for-profit organisation that delivers opportunities for new and emerging British writers of original musicals by providing workshops, readings and a network of partners across the UK.

Performance details are:

Evening performances: Fri 9 September – Saturday 1 October (Mon – Sat, 7.30pm)

Matinees: Sat 17, 24 (2.00pm) Thurs 22, 29 Sep (1.30pm) 

BSL Interpreted Performance: Thu 29 Sep (7.30pm)                                                                                                                                                                                                      Audio Described Performance: Tue 27 Sep (7.30pm)

Captioned Performance: Sat 24 Sep (2.00pm)

Tickets: £17- 27 (Concs available)

A limited number of free tickets are available to under 26s Monday – Thursday. Friday 9 Sept – Sat 1 Oct.

 Tickets are available from the Box Office on 0113 213 7700.       

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