Casting has been announced for the upcoming concert staging of The Hired Man. Howard Goodall and Melvyn Bragg’s musical will play London’s Cadogan Hall on 22nd September 2016.
The cast will be led by Jenna Russell and John Owen-Jones as John and Emily. Russell most recently starred in Jamie Lloyd’s production of Doctor Faustus whilst Owen-Jones is currently performing as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables on Broadway,
The cast also includes Matthew Seadon-Young (Billy Elliot/Urinetown) as Jackson,Evelyn Hoskins (Carrie/Spring Awakening) as May,Nigel Richards (Phantom of the Opera) as Isaac and Stewart Clarke (Assassins/Ghost) as Seth. Clarke’s parents, actors Paul Clarkson and Julia Hills, created the roles of John and Emily in the original production of The Hired Man.
As previously announced, the concert is to be narrated by Lord Melvyn Bragg himself, upon whose novel the musical was based. Bragg is perhaps best known to London audiences as the face of The Southbank Show for over three decades on BBC and ITV.
The ensemble and live orchestra bringing this timeless score to life will be under the baton of conductor Andrew Linnie. The production will also feature evocative projections by designer Barret Hodgson and direction by Samuel Hopkins.