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New Perspectives - The Hired Man

by Melvyn Bragg & Howard Goodall

Brits off Broadway

Theater A, 59E59 Theaters, 59 East 59th Street, New York, NY 10022

This New Perspectives chamber production will be part of the Brits Off Broadway season at 59E59Theaters from Thursday 5 June to Sunday 29 June following the first ever UK tour of the Award winning musical by Howard Goodall and Melvyn Bragg.

Howard Goodall has produced a new recording of ‘The Hired Man’ sung by this cast to be released by P.S.Classics in June.

The musical is based on the life of Melvyn Bragg’s grandfather and was originally seen at the Astoria London in 1984. There are 21 musical numbers. Set in rural Cumbria at the beginning of the twentieth century, The Hired Man is about a young married couple and their struggle to make a living from the land, just prior to the First World War.

In the cast are Richard Colvin, Simon Pontin, Claire Sundin, Katie Howell, David Stothard, Stuart Ward, Andrew Wheaton, Lee Foster. It is directed by New Perspectives Artistic Director Daniel Buckroyd, with musical director Richard Reeday, design by Juliet Shillingford, and lighting by Mark Dymock.

From its base in the East Midlands, New Perspectives has earned a strong reputation in recent years for outstanding work on the small to middle scale touring circuit. Their recent work includes ‘Saturday Night and Sunday Morning’ by Alan Sillitoe, a dramatisation of Richard Benson’s best selling novel ‘The Farm’ and Arlene Hutton ‘s ‘Last Train to Nibroc’ which received a 2000 Drama League Best Play nomination.

Melvyn Bragg published his first novel ‘For Want of A Nail’ in 1965 and wrote ‘A Hired Man’ in 1969. His latest novel ‘Remember Me’ has just been published. His latest ITV series ‘Travels in Written Britain’ begins in April. He has written over 20 books including ‘The Soldier’s Return’ (1999) W H Smith Literary Award. Melvyn Bragg has worked in broadcasting since 1961 and has presented and edited ITVs ‘The South Bank Show’ since 1978. The programme has won over 120 Awards.

Howard Goodall’s very popular TV themes include ‘Blackadder’, ‘Mr Bean’, ‘The Catherine Tate Show’ and ‘The Vicar of Dibley’. He is the recipient of the 2007 Making Music/Sir Charles Groves Prize for Outstanding Contribution to British Music. He is the ‘ambassador’ for singing in England with a £10m budget to fund a national singing campaign.

Perf times Tues-Fri 8.00pm, Saturdays 2.00pm and 8.00pm, Sundays 3.00pm and 7.00pm
Opening Night Tuesday 10th June 8.00pm

15 August 2007