Thursday 27 – Saturday 29 February 2020
By Jamila Gavin, Adapted by Helen Edmundson
Directed by Stefan Escreet
By arrangement with Nick Hern Books.
In 1739 Thomas Coram established his Foundling Hospital, a home for unwanted children. Into this world fall Aaron and his best friend Toby, one the unknowing heir to a vast fortune and the other rescued from an African slave ship. Aaron’s gift for music exposes both boys to the dark underbelly of Georgian society. Soon they are on a dangerous journey to unravel their pasts and forge their destinies.
Based on Jamila Gavin’s Whitbread Children’s Book of the Year Award-winning novel, Coram Boy is a gripping family saga that exposes an era blighted by slavery and the ill-treatment of children.
The original production of Coram Boy played at the Royal National Theatre and then on Broadway, where it was nominated for a multitude of Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards.
Stefan Escreet is Artistic Director of Ragged Edge Productions and former Associate at the Theatre By The Lake. He is a regular director at MST and we’re delighted he’s joining us again.
Mrs Lynch – Heather Horsman
Miss Price / Mrs Hendry, Edward Ashbrook – Jeanie Barnsley
Thomas Ledbury (as a boy) / Molly Jenkins – Anna Wylder
Alexander Ashbrook (as a boy) – Ida Regan
Lady Ashbrook – Gina Jamieson
Isobel Ashbrook – Hannah Flowers
Mrs Millicote – Tania Shahdi
Melissa – Beth Turton
Toby (as a boy) – Talia Nyathi
Aaron (as a boy) – Ida Regan
Meshak Gardiner – Zak Ford-Williams
Dr Smith / Handel – Garion Frith
Otis Gardiner / Phillip Gaddern – Sam Arthur
Theodore Claymore – Tom Garside
Sir William Ashbrook – Bailey Brook
Alexander Ashbrook (as an adult) – Sean Radford
Thomas Ledbury (as an adult) – Matt Waller
Other parts played by members of the company
Designer – Elizabeth Wright