Thursday 12 April 2018

Pirates ahoy: Moonfleet at Salisbury Playhouse

Moonfleet - Salisbury Playhouse
The composer Russell Hepplewhite has popped up on this blog quite a few times, he was responsible for the music for English Touring Opera's Laika the Spacedog [see my review], Borka the Goose with no feathers [see my review], Shackleton's Cat [see my review] and Silver Electra [see my review] and The Price for W11 Opera [see my review]. Now the Salisbury Playhouse is premiering his musical Moonfleet with book and lyrics by Gareth Machin, artistic director of the theatre, on 19 April 2018.

Moonfleet is based on the novel by J Meade Falkner first published in 1898; set in 18th century Dorset, the piece deals with a young man's search for adventure, set in the village of Moonfleet which is a village of intrigue and drama where shadowy smugglers lurk. Gareth Machin also directs with a cast which includes Simon Butteriss, Dom Hartley-Harris, Rhona McGregor, Dan Smith, Ruth Betteridge, Rebecca Lock, Susannah Van Den Berg and Ashley Mercer

Moonfleet runs at Salisbury Playhouse from Thursday 19 April to Saturday 5 May. The production is supported by Salisbury Playhouse’s Commissioning Circle. Full details from the Salisbury Playhouse website.

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