I Capture the Castle is now in rehearsals

I Capture the Castle is now in rehearsals

Octagon Theatre Bolton proudly presents the world premiere musical I Capture the Castle, based on the iconic novel by Dodie Smith, and co-produced with Watford Palace Theatre and Kevin Wallace Limited, in association with Deborah Ward.

Set in the Bohemian England of the 1930s, Dodie Smith’s worldwide bestselling classic is a warm and sharply funny coming-of-age story. The script by Teresa Howard (Grock, Chichester Festival Theatre; Possessed, a new musical play with Steven Edis) tells the story through the eyes of seventeen year old narrator Cassandra, opening with the famous line: ‘I write this sitting in the kitchen sink…’

Cassandra is 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, it never stops raining and the family is surviving on oatcakes and eggs. But the new landlord is a wealthy young American, with an attractive younger brother, and spring is in the air. Perhaps things are about to change.

This brand new musical will be brought to life by nine actors. Lowri Izzard will be playing the role of seventeen-year old Cassandra. Suzanne Ahmet will be her unconventional stepmother, Topaz, and Kate Batter will be her irritating older sister, Rose. Ben Watson will be taking on the role of James, Cassandra and Rose’s father, a novelist who hasn’t written a word in years.

Theo Boyce and Luke Dale will be playing the American brothers, Simon and Neil. Julia St John takes on the role of Mrs Cotton. Isaac Stanmore will be playing the role of Cassandra’s admirer, Stephen, an orphan who lives with the family. Shona White takes on the role of Leda.

The original music by composer Steven Edis (The Silver Sword, Belgrade Theatre Coventry; Oklahoma, Royal and Derngate, Volpone, RSC) has influences of swing, tango, beguine, English folksong and a hint of Cole Porter.

Artistic Director of Watford Palace Theatre Brigid Larmour (Jefferson’s Garden, Timberlake Wertenbaker, Coming Up by Neil d’Souza, Love Me Do by Marks and Gran) brings her trademark blend of emotional storytelling and physical theatre to this exciting new British musical.

Commenting about the production, Brigid Larmour said: ‘There is something magical about Dodie Smith’s story about finding your way into adulthood. Steven and Teresa have written a fresh, passionate adaptation, and it is exciting to be reimagining this extraordinary book as a piece of contemporary music theatre.’

Artistic Director of the Octagon Theatre Bolton Elizabeth Newman said: 'I Capture the Castle is a brilliantly heart-warming and uplifting novel, with great depths of emotion and humour. It is incredibly exciting to bring such a vibrant story to life here in Bolton and in Watford, with the talented team of creatives and cast at Watford Palace Theatre. Brigid, Steven, and Teresa have created a beautiful, brand new piece of work, and it is a joy for me, the Octagon, and for Bolton to be a part of this new chapter in the life of Dodie Smith’s amazing and iconic novel. We can’t wait to share it with you.'

I Capture the Castle will be playing at the Octagon Theatre Bolton from Wed 26 April – Sat 6 May 2017. Ticket prices from £11 - £27.50.

I Capture the Castle is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.