Cassandra is 17. She’s writing a diary about her eccentric family. They are behind with the rent for the tumbledown castle that seemed so romantic when they moved in; the roof is leaking, and the family is surviving on oatcakes and eggs. But the new landlord is a wealthy young American, with an attractive brother. Perhaps things are about to change.
Set in the bohemian England of the 1930s, Dodie Smith’s classic coming-of-age story is thrillingly brought to life on stage in this warm, funny and magical new musical.
This production is presented by Watford Palace Theatre, Octagon Theatre Bolton and Kevin Wallace Limited in association with Deborah Ward.
Duration: Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes with interval
Based on the novel by Dodie Smith
Book and Lyrics by Teresa Howard
Music by Steven Edis
Directed by Brigid Larmour
Designed by Ti Green
Movement by Shona Morris
Musical Director Oli Jackson
Lighting Designer Mike Gunning
Sound Designer Nick Manning
Suzanne Ahmet - Topaz
Kate Batter - Rose
Theo Boyce - Simon
Luke Dale - Neil
Lowri Izzard - Cassandra
Julia St John - Mrs Cotton
Isaac Stanmore - Stephen
Ben Watson - James
Shona White - Leda
This is a big-hearted night out that more than captures the soul of Smith’s beloved castle.
★★★★ Daily Mail
Stays true to Dodie Smith’s first novel… visually spectacular
★★★★ Watford Observer
Brigid Larmour’s muscular production… cleverly retains the novel’s pathos while giving the ending a modern twist. Will it capture your heart? I reckon it will.
I Capture the Castle musical labour of love oozes romance… There is such a lot to like here, from Ti Green’s brilliant design… to Shona Morris’ movement… … this old-fashioned show is full of integrity and will bring pleasure to thousands who love the novel. Including me.
Age guideline: 12+
Captioned performance: Wed
Audio described performance: Sat: 2.30pm | Touch Tour: 1pm
Post show talk: Wed