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UK PREMIERE The Transformation Season

The Welsh Boy

by Julian Mitchell (2012), adapted from The True Anti-Pamela by James Parry (1741)

13 September - 13 October 2012

The Welsh Boy

The Welsh Boy

The Welsh Boy

The Welsh Boy

The Welsh Boy

The Welsh Boy

The Welsh Boy

The Welsh Boy

The Welsh Boy

The Welsh Boy

The Welsh Boy

The Welsh Boy

Overview

The Welsh Boy is a scintillating rediscovery of one of the hidden gems of eighteenth century literature and brings back to life a true story of passionate love and outrageous sexual scandal in the sleepy provincial town of Ross-on -Wye.

Jem Parry is blessed with a wonderful singing voice that has allowed him to escape his humble origins in South Wales. Mary Powell is the richest heiress in the district - also its loveliest, and its most daring. When Mary engages Jem as her music master their lessons at the spinet turn into tutorials in the most heavenly pleasures. But love is one thing, sex another and marriage yet a third.

The Welsh Boy reunites the team that created the critically acclaimed adaptation of Ford Madox Ford's The Good Soldier at the Ustinov Studio in 2010 - Julian Mitchell, the author of Another Country which won the SWET award for best play of 1981; and director Matthew Lloyd, whose productions include Duet For One with Juliet Stevenson and Henry Goodman, the world premiere of Family Business by Julian Mitchell and The Lucky Ones by Charlotte Eilenberg, winner of the Olivier and Critics' Circle awards.

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  • Reviews

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    5 Star Rating Vivacious and utterly engaging ... with the style and fizz often associated with only the very best vintage champagne - whatsonstage.com

    4 Star Rating Matthew Lloyd's production is elegant, cruel and piquantly funny...beautifully acted and startingly intense. But just as often has the jovial bawdy bounce of Henry Fielding; it's even adorned with some very pretty singing. As pungent and prickly as a bunch of roses, it's a wicked delight - The Times

    4 Star Rating An inordinately clever little piece ... makes one experience theatre in a new and constantly refreshing way ... a seriously class act - Daily Telegraph

    4 Star Rating Sion Daniel Young occupies the stage with great confidence and sings beautifully … a fascinating play -  Guardian

    5 Star Rating Great script, fine cast, tight direction and full of life and vigour from start to finish. A complete delight - Venue

    Excellent performances ... Ti Green's glimmering, shimmering, golden set is beautiful, the perfect backdrop to Matthew Lloyd's elegant production - Bath Chronicle

    4 Star Rating Scintillating ... an outstanding production - Bristol Evening Post
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  • Cast

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    Jem Parry - Sion Daniel Young

    Mary Powell - Peta Cornish

    Elizabeth Powell - Geraldine Alexander

    Doomsday/Matthew Powell/Dicky Jeffries/Ambrose/Seys - Ed Birch

    Mrs Jeffries/Betty Fisher/Dolly Dew - Rhiannon Oliver

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    Directed by Matthew Lloyd

    Designer Ti Green

    Lighting Designer Ben Ormerod

    Sound Designer & Composer Jon Nicholls


    Evenings: Monday – Saturday 7.45pm

    Thursday Matinees: 20th, 27th September, 4th, 11th October 2.30pm

    Saturday Matinees: 15th, 22nd, 29th September, 6th, 13th October 2.30pm

    Press Performance: Wednesday 19th September 7.00pm

    Post Show Discussion: Thursday 27th September (after evening performance)

    Tickets: £19.50 / £14.50 Discounts

    £10 Preview Performances (13th-18th September) and Mondays: All seats £10

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