Hope Mill Theatre announces final two musicals for 2018

Image: Joseph Houston, Katy Lipson and Will Whelton. © NIkki Cotter

Hope Mill Theatre and Aria Entertainment have revealed their final two musicals for the 2018 autumn/winter season, marking the conclusion of an ambitious and diverse year for the continually successful partnership between Hope Mill Theatre co-founders, Joseph Houston and William Whelton, and producer and co-artistic director Katy Lipson of Aria Entertainment.



First up will be the moving new British musical, The Return of the Soldier, staged to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, and directed by Charlotte Westenra.

Charles Miller and Tim Sanders‘ musical adaptation of Rebecca West‘s remarkable novella (written at the end of World War One when West was just 24 years old), presents a fiercely youthful, and female view of a period that continues to fascinate 100 years on, and now returns to the stage following a limited run at Jermyn Street Theatre, London, back in Autumn 2014 (produced by Aria Entertainment and Guy James).


Set in Harrow during the summer of 1916, The Return of the Soldier is an intensely bitter-sweet tale, dissecting the very different love of three women for one man. When Christopher returns from the front, shell-shocked and with memory loss, there are profound consequences for all three women and their love. In the end, only an extraordinary sacrifice will restore the fragile status quo.


The Return of the Soldier runs from Thursday 6 to Saturday 29 September, 2018

For more information, and to book tickets, please Click Here.



Following The Return of the Soldier, Hope Mill Theatre will host the UK Premiere of A Christmas Story – The Musical, the hit festive Broadway show from the writers of The Greatest Showman, La La Land and Dear Evan HansenBenj Pasek and Justin Paul.

With a book by Joseph Robinette, based on the classic film of the same name, and with music and lyrics by Pasek and PaulA Christmas Story – The Musical will be directed by Bronagh Lagan and choreographed by William Whelton.


Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana, the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts—an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle.  Rebuffed at every turn, Ralphie plots numerous schemes to achieve his desperate desire for the coveted BB gun…


This all new production will bring an exciting new dimension to those who have seen the movie and will certainly stand on its own for those who haven’t.


A Christmas Story The Musical runs from Friday 26 October to Saturday 1 December.

For more information, and to book tickets, please Click Here.

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