The Scarlet Letter: a new musical
“Here in New England, there are laws we uphold, Those who don’t agree will be pushed out in the cold…”
New England, 1650. Hester Prynne is on trial for bearing an illegitimate child; her punishment, to wear a scarlet letter ‘A’ for Adulteress as a mark of shame. But who is the father..? Secrets, lies and scandal abound, leading to a witch-hunt for the truth which will leave nothing in its wake. Welcome to Puritan New England.
DumbWise theatre presents the premiere rehearsed reading of this brand new dark, chamber musical based on the classic American novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Both scandalous and popular in equal measure on its original publication in 1850, The Scarlet Letter was the first of its kind to put a headstrong, anti-heroine at its heart. With its explorations of the balance between the private and the public, it speaks directly to today’s discussions about identity and the freedom of the individual within society.
DumbWise are an award winning actor-musician theatre company fusing live musicianship and dynamic storytelling in the pursuit of creating new musical works for contemporary audiences, with a reputation for reimagining classic and modern stories into groundbreaking actor-musician shows of all shapes and sizes. For more information, visit www.dumbwise.co.uk
Adaptation, Words and Music by David Hewson
Directed by John Ward
£7 concessions (OAPs, students, children under 18, registered unwaged and disabled) please bring proof of status