The Hired Man

by  Howard Goodall, Melvyn Bragg

Full Length Musical  /  14m, 5f

"Bracing, rugged and exhilarating [with] splendidly original music." - Time Out

"Thoughtful and, on occasions, most moving... . That rare thing: a folk opera of our immediate past." - Daily Mail

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    14m, 5f

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Based on Melvyn Bragg's stirring novel of rural and industrial working life early in the twentieth century, The Hired Man tells of one family's-- Bragg's grandparents'-- journey from land laborers to colliers and back to the land. The superb score is a marvelous succession of chorales, operatic duets and vigorous foot stomping rhythms.
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Reviews

"Bracing, rugged and exhilarating [with] splendidly original music." - Time Out

"Thoughtful and, on occasions, most moving...That rare thing: a folk opera of our immediate past." - Daily Mail

Melvyn Bragg's qualities as a novelist - humanity, idealism and a complex and highly articulate man's understanding of those who are simple and inarticulate - shine out from the musical." - Sunday Telegraph

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  • The Hired Man: Original Cast Highlights
  • The Hired Man: Mercury Theatre Promo
  • The Hired Man: Audience Reaction
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Music

  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo

Song Samples

Song of the Hired Man
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Fill it to the Top
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Now for the First Time
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Work Song
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Who Will You Marry Then
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Get Up and Go, Lad
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I Wouldn't Be the First
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Fade Away
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What a Fool I've Been
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If I Could
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You Never See the Sun
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What Would You Say to Your Son?
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The Union
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Farewell
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War
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No Choir of Angels
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The Re-Hiring
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Casting

14m, 5f
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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Room for Extras

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19 Vocal Scores

Piano/Conductor

Piano 

Harpsichord

Harp

Keyboard II

Trumpet

Violin 1

Violin 2

Viola

Cello

Bass

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Authors

Howard Goodall

Howard Goodall

Melvyn Bragg

Melvyn Bragg

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