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Salisbury premieres new musical

04 April 2018

Performances from 19 April

Access to rehearsal for filming

Salisbury Playhouse is to premiere a new musical Moonfleet, based on the novel by J Meade Falkner, which is currently in rehearsal and which runs from 19 April to 5 May 2018.

Earl Carpenter (Les Miserables; The Phantom of the Opera; Sunset Boulevard) plays Maskew with Ryan Heenan (Grease, UK tour; Sweeney Todd, Derby Theatre) as John, Rebecca Lock (Mamma Mia!; Mary Poppins) as Isabelle and Ashley Mercer (English Touring Opera) as Blackbeard.

The cast also includes Simon Butteriss (My Fair Lady, Théâtre du Châtelet; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, ENO), Dom Hartley-Harris (Bat Out of Hell The Musical, London Coliseum; Tiger Bay, Wales Millennium Centre), Rhona McGregor (Oliver!, Watermill Theatre; The Addams Family UK tour), Dan Smith (Worst Wedding Ever & Little Robin Redbreast, Salisbury Playhouse), Ruth Betteridge (Dick Whittington, Everyman Theatre Cheltenham) and Susannah Van Den Berg (Alice in Winterland, Rose Theatre Kingston; Sister Act, UK tour).

Set amongst the cliffs, caves and downs of 18th century Dorset, Moonfleet is the story of a young man’s search for adventure and fulfilment. Haunted by the ghost of the marauding pirate Blackbeard, Moonfleet is a village of intrigue and drama where shadowy smugglers lurk.  Against this backdrop, young orphan John Trenchard dreams of Blackbeard’s long-lost treasure and the wealth and happiness it could bring.

Original music is by Russell Hepplewhite with book and lyrics by Salisbury Playhouse Artistic Director Gareth Machin who also directs. Set and costume design is by Tom Rogers (Big Fish, The Other Palace; Echo’s End, Salisbury Playhouse), lighting design is by Tim Lutkin (Chimerica, Almeida/West End), sound design is by Yvonne Gilbert (Murder, Margaret and Me, Salisbury Playhouse), movement direction is by Kate Flatt (original musical staging, Les Miserables) and musical direction is by Michael Haslam (Matthew Bourne’s Play Without Words).

Moonfleet runs at Salisbury Playhouse from Thursday 19 April to Saturday 5 May. The production is supported by Salisbury Playhouse’s Commissioning Circle.

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Notes to Editors:


A Salisbury Playhouse production

Based on the novel by J Meade Falkner, Book & Lyrics by Gareth Machin

Music by Russell Hepplewhite

Salisbury Playhouse – Thursday 19 April – Saturday 5 May

Press performance – Tues 24 April 7.30pm


Salisbury Playhouse is part of Wiltshire Creative, the new pan-arts organisation that incorporates Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury Arts Centre and Salisbury International Arts Festival.

Salisbury Playhouse is one of Britain’s leading producing theatres, with a national reputation for home-grown work of the highest quality that attracts audiences from across Wiltshire, Hampshire, Dorset and beyond.