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Lark Rise To Candleford by Flora Thompson

in a new stage adaption by Daniel Buckroyd

will tour regional venues from Wednesday 2 March for a 12 week season to Sunday 22 May 2011

New Perspectives, acclaimed for its many productions exploring life in rural England, past and present, has transformed Flora Thompson’s gentle masterpiece into a new stage adaptation. There will be 12 new and traditional folk songs and the cast will play all the instruments. Lark Rise To Candleford tells the story of three closely related Oxfordshire communities - a hamlet, the nearby village and a small market town based on Flora Thompson's own experiences at the end of the nineteenth century.

In the cast are Ruth Westley as Laura, Morgan Philpott and Kate Adams. The director/adaptor is Daniel Buckroyd. The musical director is Matt Marks, set construction by Tim Brierley, and lighting by Oliver Brown. It is presented by New Perspectives Theatre Company.

Ruth Westley’s stage credits include in Kate Saxon’s production of ‘Far From The Madding Crowd’ for English Touring Theatre and in Tom Stoppard’s ‘Rock ‘n Roll’ at Manchester Library Theatre. Morgan Philpott has been in many productions at the Tobacco Factory including as Rosencrantz in Jonathan Miller’s production of ‘Hamlet’ and at the Watermill Newbury, most recently in ‘Treasure Island’. Kate Adams was in the New Perspectives’ productions of ‘Dolly’ a play with music by Andy Barrett, and in ‘The Falling Sky’ with Stephanie Cole also directed by Daniel Buckroyd. Matt Marks has been the composer and musical director for 3 previous New Perspectives productions. He works in New York, where he received the ASCAP Award, in Australia and for the RSC and Nottingham Playhouse. Tim Brierley created the Tractor for the sell out Edinburgh and UK tours of Michael Morpurgo’s ‘Farm Boy’. Oliver Brown was the lighting designer for ‘My Fair Lady, ‘42nd Street’ and Disney’s ‘Beauty The Beast’ at York Theatre Royal.

Weds 2 March – Sun 22 May 2011
Running time 2 hours including interval.
Recommended Audience: Adults & Older Children

1 February 2011