A New Musical based on Richmal Crompton's Just William stories
Goldsmiths Musical Theatre Showcase 2007
George Wood Theatre, London, UK
Book, Music and Lyrics Nicholas Hutson
Additional Lyrics Tim Saward
Creative Consultant Leigh Stevenson
Musical Director Matt Winkworth
Associate Choreographer Jack Everson
Production Assistant Lauren Simpson-Green
Choreographer, Director & Producer Albin Balint
Cast Amie Clapson, Clive Dancey, Jack Everson, Katrina Gibson, Ido Gonen, Chloe Jefferies, Rachel Mason, Christopher Rorke, Leigh Stevenson, Naomi Symeou
Richmal Crompton's untidy, opinionated but aspirational and optimistic anti-hero, William Brown was created in 1919: since then the eleven-year old character whom she categorized as a 'pot-boiler' has become a household word and an archetype of the inquiring, adventurous, outdoor child.
William Brown, in Nicholas Hutson's musical adaptation of Crompton's best-loved William stories, has been threatened to be sent to boarding school by his long-suffering father if he continues to misbehave. More worryingly for William and his Outlaws, his bow and arrow has been confiscated - requiring them to come up with a way of providing funds to purchase a new set.
Inviting all the quintessential Cromptonian characters to the stage, Just William: The Musical is packed with highly entertaining scenes and soaring melodies, encapsulating the vibrant musical atmosphere of 1930s Britain.
Photographs courtesy of The London Photographers
Rehearsal footage courtesy of Nick Hutson Music