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Writer : Melvyn Bragg and Howard Goodall
Director : Daniel Buckroyd
Designer : Juliet Shillingford

Toured Autumn 2008 / Spring 2009

Uplifting, Foot-Stomping, Award-Winning Music Theatre

The Hired Man, arguably the finest new British musical of the last thirty years, acclaimed for its epic, nostalgic, funny book and rousing, romantic, award-winning score, is now on tour in the UK for the very first time in a new production by critically-acclaimed New Perspectives Theatre Company.

Set in rural Cumbria in the early years of the twentieth century, The Hired Man 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 interrupted by the gathering storm of war in Europe – haunting, thrilling, stirring stuff.

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New Perspectives is an East Midlands' based touring theatre company, specialising in bringing new work to rural and community audiences. Through an annual programme of original adaptations, rare revivals and new writing, we aim to bring live theatre that is diverse, affordable and accessible into the heart of wide-ranging communities, as well as to regional, national and international venues.  
Our productions are testament to the fact that rural theatre is as relevant, challenging and vital as theatre made for any other environment. Our participatory projects, career defining training and mentoring opportunities for emerging regional talent and rural touring scheme Northants Touring Arts makes tangible difference to people where they live.

As a registered charity (no. 1058309), your support can make a real difference... Find out more


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