The Hired Man - Queen's Theatre Hornchurch

Tuesday 26 March 2019

Casting - Musicals - Shows

Full casting has today been announced for the landmark revival of the award-winning British musical The Hired Man, due at Queen's Theatre Hornchurch from 27 April to 18 May.
The Hired Man at the Queen's Theatre Hornchurch

Image courtesy Queen's Theatre Hornchurch

Casting has today been announced for the landmark revival of the award-winning British musical The Hired Man, co-produced by the Queen's Theatre Hornchurch and Hull Truck Theatre in association with Oldham Coliseum Theatre.

This epic heroic tale of love, betrayal and loyalty opens in Hornchurch (27 April - 18 May), transfers to Hull (23 May - 15 June) and concludes in Oldham (20 June - 6 July).

The cast includes ...

Jon Bonner (The Commitments, UK tour)

Lloyd Gorman (Sunny Afternoon, Harold Pinter Theatre)

Oliver Hembrough (Insignificance, Arcola Theatre)

TJ Holmes (Two Gentlemen of Verona, Shakespeare's Globe & Liverpool Everyman)

Lucy Keirl (The Crucible, UK tour)

Lara Lewis (Daisy Pulls It Off, Charing Cross Theatre)

Sufia Manya (Miss Littlewood, Royal Shakespeare Company)

Samuel Martin (The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare's Globe)

Lauryn Redding (Oliver Twist, Hull Truck)

Tom Self (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Queen's Theatre Hornchurch)

James William-Pattison (Once, Queen's Theatre Hornchurch / New Wolsey Theatre).

Queen's Theatre's Artistic Director Douglas Rintoul (In Basildon, Made in Dagenham, The Crucible) directs the musical, with design by Jean Chan, musical director Ben Goddard, movement by Jane Gibson, lighting design by Prema Mehta and sound design by Chris Murray.

Based on the stirring novel by Melvyn Bragg first published in 1969, The Hired Man was turned into a musical back in 1984.

The production has a superb score of rousing foot stomping rhythms and soaring choruses by the award-winning composer Howard Goodall (Bend It Like Beckham, Love Story).

Mr Goodall said ...

"I am absolutely thrilled about this revival: three brilliant regional theatres, a wonderful creative team and a chance for a new generation of theatre-goers to see this piece that Melvyn Bragg and I first put in front of an audience 35 years ago."


Cumbria, 1898.

Whippet racing, hiring fairs, hunting and drunken antics collide, in this passionate story of John and Emily, a young married couple, and their moving struggle to carve a living from the land.

An epic and heroic tale of love, betrayal and loyalty, set against a backdrop of English country traditions being swept away as a new century faces the gathering storm of war …


Jon Bonner - Pennington / Ensemble

Lloyd Gorman - Jackson

Oliver Hembrough - John

TJ Holmes - Seth / Ensemble

Lucy Keirl - Sally / Ensemble

Lara Lewis - May / Ensemble

Sufia Manya - Ensemble

Samuel Martin - Isaac / Ensemble

Lauryn Redding - Emily

Tom Self - Show MD / Ensemble

James William-Pattison - Harry / Ensemble


Author: Melvyn Bragg and Howard Goodall
Composer: Howard Goodall
Lyricist: Howard Goodall
Director: Douglas Rintoul
Designer: Jean Chan
Musical direction: Ben Goddard
Lighting: Prema Mehta
Sound: Chris Murray
Movement: Jane Gibson
Production: Queen's Theatre Hornchurch and Hull Truck Theatre in association with Oldham Coliseum Theatre


Queen's Theatre Hornchurch
Billet Lane
RM11 1QT


From: Saturday 27 April 2019

Closes: Saturday 18 May 2019


Previews: £13.50, £17.50, £20.50 (+ 65p QNew Transformation Fee)


Mon - Thu

£19.50, £24.50, £28

Fri & Sat

£22.50, £27, £30

(+ 65p QNew Transformation Fee)

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