Octagon Theatre Bolton, Watford Palace Theatre & Kevin Wallace Limited in association with Deborah Ward
New musical based on the novel by Dodie Smith
Book & Lyrics by Teresa Howard
Music by Steven Edis
Directed by Brigid Larmour

‘First love, unrequited love, married love..’

Cassie is 17. She is trying to ‘capture’ her eccentric family in her new diary - her irritating elder sister Rose, her unconventional stepmother Topaz, her orphaned admirer Stephen, and her novelist father James, who hasn’t written a word in years.  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...

Set in the bohemian England of the 1930s, this warm and sharply funny coming-of-age story from the author of 101 Dalmatians is set to stunning original music by Steven Edis, with influences of swing, tango, beguine, English folksong and a hint of Cole Porter!

Additional information

Ticket Prices 

£27.50 - £11 (Concessions available)

Post Show Talk

Mon 27 April (Free) find out more about the performance after the show with the actors and director. 

Cast & Crew


Suzanne Ahmet

Suzanne Ahmet

Kate Batter

Kate Batter

Theo Boyce

Theo Boyce

Luke Dale

Luke Dale

Lowri Izzard

Lowri Izzard

Julia St John

Julia St John

Mrs Cotton
Isaac Stanmore

Isaac Stanmore

Ben Watson

Ben Watson

Shona White

Shona White



Teresa Howard

Book and Lyrics

Steven Edis


Brigid Larmour


Ti Green


Shona Morris

Movement Director

Oli Jackson

Musical Director

Mike Gunning

Lighting Designer

Nick Manning

Sound Designer



Ticket Prices £27.50 - £11 (Concessions available)
Season Tickets  Best available seats from £18 (Find out more)
Groups and school prices available (see underneath dates for details)

Show accessible performances only
Wed 26 April 2:00pm 2:00pm Buy tickets
Wed 26 April 7:30pm Bargain Night 7:30pm Buy tickets
Thu 27 April 7:30pm Bargain Night Post Show Talk 7:30pm Limited availability
Fri 28 April 7:30pm 7:30pm Limited availability
Sat 29 April 2:00pm 2:00pm Buy tickets
Sat 29 April 7:30pm 7:30pm Limited availability
Tue 2 May 7:30pm BSL 7:30pm Buy tickets
Wed 3 May 2:00pm 2:00pm Buy tickets
Wed 3 May 7:30pm 7:30pm Buy tickets
Thu 4 May 7:30pm Audio Described 7:30pm Limited availability
Fri 5 May 7:30pm Captioned 7:30pm Limited availability
Sat 6 May 2:00pm 2:00pm Buy tickets
Sat 6 May 7:30pm 7:30pm Buy tickets

Groups 10+ £3 off (Mon-Thu eves and 2pm matinees) plus 1 free organiser ticket
Groups 31+ £4 off (Mon-Thu eves) £3.50 off (2pm matinees) plus 1 free organiser ticket
Schools £17 - £10 plus 1 free teacher tickets per 15 pupils

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