Casting has been announced for Watford Palace Theatre’s world premiere presentation of the musical version of Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle.
A co-production with the Octagon Theatre Bolton and Kevin Wallace Limited, the musical is due to play the Palace from Friday 31 March until Saturday 22 April, with a press night on Wednesday 5 April. The production will then play the Octagon Theatre from Wednesday 26 April until Saturday 6 May.
Watford Palace’s artistic director Brigid Larmour directs Suzanne Ahmet (Peter Pan, National Theatre), Kate Batter (This Little Life of Mine, Park Theatre), Theo Boyce (professional theatre debut), Luke Dale (Flowers for Mrs Harris, Sheffield Crucible), Lowri Izzard (Much Ado About Nothing, Faction Theatre), Isaac Stanmore (Peter Pan in Scarlet, Oxford Playhouse), Julia St John (Larkrise, Almeida Theatre), Ben Watson (Jack and the Beanstalk, Watford Playhouse) and Shona White (The World Goes Round, Stephen Joseph Theatre).
Based on the much-loved first novel by Smith, the writer of One Hundred and One Dalmatians, the new musical has a book and lyrics by Teresa Howard and original music by composer Steven Edis.
Unveiling details of the production, director Larmour said: “There is something magical about Dodie Smith’s story about finding your way into adulthood. Steven and Teresa have written a fresh, passionate adaptation, and it is exciting to be reimagining this extraordinary book as a piece of contemporary music theatre.”
Set in 1930s Bohemian England, the comingof age saga was made into a film in 2003 featuring a cast that included Romola Garaj, Bill Nighy, Rose Byrne, Tara Fitzgerald and an early big screen appearance from Superman star Henry Cavill.