The Hired Man

Melvyn Bragg’s epic, rural tale of one family's struggle to survive combines with Howard Goodall’s passionate score, which draws on English airs and folk music, to tell this deceptively simple story.

Winner of numerous awards for Best Musical and four Olivier nominations since it premiered in the West End in 1984, this stirring musical set in both rural and industrial Cumbria, follows the simple, yet aspirational life of two generations fighting to make a living from the turn of the 20th century and moving through the turbulent years of the Great War.

Love and desire versus duty, ambition thwarted by war and natural disaster, The Hired Man is an unforgiving, heart-breaking, yet uplifting story of working class life in the Lakeland Fells.

"Bracing, rugged and exhilarating [with] splendidly original music" TIME OUT

Its choral airs and fresh-faced lyricism cunningly capture a long disappeared England (often a hard, cold place) in a way that is loamy yet flinty” THE GUARDIAN

This amateur production of The Hired Man is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD, a Concord Theatricals Company.

Book by Melvyn Bragg

Music and lyrics by Howard Goodall

Presented by GSA


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