Sadly, due to the outbreak of COVID-19, THE WICKER HUSBAND closed just after its official opening night on March 16th. After years of development and the combined work of so many creatives of all disciplines, it was a devastating blow.
But all is not lost.
The set, costumes and puppets of the Watermill production remain in storage, and though there are uncertain times ahead, we will be putting all our efforts into returning to the stage as soon as we have the opportunity.
Watch this space.
Rhys : )
book by Rhys Jennings
music and lyrics by Darren Clark
based on an original short story by Ursula Wills-Jones
"Once upon a withy on the edge of a deep damp swamp, nestled in the arms of a winding river, stood a pretty little town…"
A folk-inspired new musical, The Wicker Husband tells the timeless tale of the outsider.
In a superficial world, where beauty is only skin-deep, meet the so-called ‘Ugly Girl’.
Ostracised by the shallow townsfolk because she doesn’t fit in, the Ugly Girl becomes the envy of her neighbours when the mysterious Old Basketmaker makes her a strong and loving husband woven from living wicker. As bitter rivalry and jealousy threaten to tear the community apart, the townsfolk embark on a cruel and destructive plan. Will the Ugly Girl’s happiness be ruined forever?
A captivating and powerful new musical, The Wicker Husband will have its world premiere at The Watermill. It was the winner of the inaugural MTI Stiles + Drewe Mentorship Award in 2016 celebrating new British musical theatre writers and was included in the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s 30th Annual Festival of New Musicals in New York.
This production contains some strong language. Age guidance 10+
*sadly, this run was cut short by the outbreak of COVID-19 and the last performance took place on March 16th.
SONGS FROM THE WICKER HUSBAND
My Wicker Man
Sung by Alex Young
Beneath her willow tree, the Ugly Girl imagines life with someone by her side.
Heart of the Weave
Sung by Clive Rowe and Alex Young
Deep in the swamp, the Ugly Girl meets The Old Basketmaker and his curious wicker dog called Basket.
The Sparrow's Tale
Sung by Rebecca Trehearn
The Tailor's Wife visits the Old Basketmaker in the swamp to ask him to weave her a child.
Have You Seen My Husband
Sung by Alex Young
The Ugly Girl searches for her husband in the wild wood.
I'll Supply the Withy
Sung by Tyrone Huntley
The Wicker Husband reveals how and why he was made.
In 2018, The Wicker Husband was selected from over 223 international musicals as one of 8 to be showcased at the prestigious NAMT Festival of New Musicals in New York.
Featuring leading Broadway actors including Kerstin Anderson (My Fair Lady, Sound of Music), Jordan Donica (Hamilton, My Fair Lady) and Motown legend Clifton Davis (Aladdin) the showcase garnered much interest in a post-Watermill US production or transfer.
That same year, four songs from the show were selected as finalists in the Fred Ebb Musical Theatre Award in the USA
In 2016 The Wicker Husband was the winner of the MTI Stiles & Drewe Mentorship Award, which provided a year of one-to-one writing support from George Stiles and Anthony Drewe and culminating in an industry showcase with leading West End actors including Clive Rowe, Rebecca Trehearn and Tyrone Huntley at The Other Palace, London in 2017.
Also in 2016, the show was one of four finalists for the KSF Artist of Choice. My Wicker Man (a song from the show) was a finalist for the Stiles & Drewe Best New Song Prize and the show was awarded the Dunedin Operatic Executive Trust Award and the Little Angel Incubate Award.
The show has been workshopped with leading UK drama schools including the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Early dramaturgical workshops also included work at the Unicorn Theatre.