New production of ‘CORAM BOY’ comes to The Lowry, Salford this month following Chichester Festival Theatre run

Production images have been released for director Anna Ledwich’s new production of Helen Edmundson‘s Olivier and Tony Award nominated play, CORAM BOY, adapted from Jamila Gavin‘s Whitbread Award-winning novel, which comes to the The Lowry, Salford from 21 to 29 June 2024, immediately following a run at Chichester Festival Theatre.

CORAM BOY first premiered at the National Theatre back in 2005 before transferring to Broadway. Nominated for several Olivier and Tony Awards, it won the Time Out Live Award for Best Play.

The cast includes: Will Antenbring (Alexander Ashbrook), Louisa Binder (Young Alexander/Aaron Dangerfield), Pandora Clifford (Lady Ashbrook/Mrs Hendry), Rhianna Dorris (Melissa Milcote/Angel), Holly Freeman (Isobel Ashbrook), Aled Gomer (Meshak Gardiner), Harry Gostelow (Sir William Ashbrook), Tallulah Greive (Alice Ashbrook), Rebecca Hayes (Young Thomas Ledbury), Tom Hier (Thomas Ledbury), Jewelle Hutchinson (Miss Price/Toby Gaddarn), Debbie Korley (Mrs Milcote), Milo McCarthy (Edward Ashbrook), Jo McInnes (Mrs Lynch), Samuel Oatley (Otis Gardiner/Philip Gaddarn) and James Staddon (Theodore Claymore/George Frederic Handel).

They are joined by an ensemble of 12 children.

Angels and abandoned children, glorious music and murder most foul whirl through this enthralling, moving and richly colourful tale of 18th-century England.

At Gloucester Cathedral, Alexander Ashbrook, heir to an aristocratic estate, has his heart set on becoming a composer; but his stern father refuses to listen and despite his love for the beautiful Melissa, flight seems his only option. Far darker conflicts are at play for Meshak, son of the brutal Otis Gardiner who preys on young unmarried mothers – promising to deliver their babies to Coram’s new Foundling Hospital but instead meting out a terrible fate.

Their stories entwine eight years later in London, where two Coram orphans, Toby and Aaron, find themselves on parallel adventures, and the great Handel is at work on a new score, Messiah, embodying the hope of love and salvation over evil.

The designer is Simon Higlett, lighting designer Emma Chapman, composer and sound designer Max Pappenheim, musical director Stephen Higgins, movement director Chi-San Howard, fight and intimacy director Bethan Clark, casting director Annelie Powell CDG, and voice and dialect coach Joel Trill.

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