Birth; marriage; death. And everything in between.
As day breaks on another ordinary day, the townsfolk of Grover's Corners go about their business: newspapers are delivered; people go to work; gardens are tended to. And a boy and girl fall in love. But as life's events unfold and a community comes together, one question remains: "do any human beings ever realise life as they live it? Every, every minute?"
Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning play celebrates what it means to be human and the bonds that unite us all.
“A superbly written, gloriously observed, tough, and breathtaking statement of what it is to be alive” Edward Albee
For more about Thornton Wilder, visit www.thorntonwilder.com
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“The classic snapshot of a community is given fresh life by a youthful production. Ellen McDougall's Wilder revival hits home with force...and underlines the play’s contemporary relevance through the diversity of her 19-strong cast."
Carpe diem is the time-honoured message – and I’d concur; grab this while you can. It won’t change your life, but it may make you think about it"
“Open Air season goes to town with Wilder…
Francesca Henry and Arthur Hughes are both excellent in the key roles of the teen lovers Emily and George.
AN ELEMENTAL PLEASURE"
"Our Town’s final act is what makes it truly memorable, on page and on stage. Chairs become gravestones and the dead face what they, not the living, have lost. It’s the culmination of the simple complexity Wilder was chasing, and as the stars come out over Regent’s Park, it’s beautiful."
"There is a new star rising over Regent’s Park. Francesca Henry shines in Our Town…beguiling as a young bride; troubling in a later, darker incarnation; throughout gleamingly serious."
"There's a lot of charm in Ellen McDougall's production, with some finely crafted performances. Laura Rogers brings enigmatic omniscience to the role of the Stage Manager."
"We warm to each of the Grover's Corners townsfolk, relate to their everyday lives and respond to the joys they embrace and the sorrows that befall them. Our Town is a gently yet greatly affecting and highly rewarding theatrical experience.
- Ellen McDougall – Director
- Rosie Elnile – Designer
- Sasha Milavic Davies – Movement Director
- Orlando Gough – Composer
- Lizzie Powell – Lighting Designer
- Tom Gibbons – Sound Designer
- Barbara Houseman – Season Associate Director (Voice & Text)
- Jacob Sparrow – Casting Director
- David Ridley – Musical Director
- Phil Adèle – Sam Craig
- Pandora Colin – Mrs Gibbs
- Karl Collins – Dr Gibbs
- Tom Edden – Editor Webb
- Jim Findley – Joe Stoddard
- Francesca Henry – Emily Webb
- Peter Hobday – Simon Stimson
- Arthur Hughes – George Gibbs
- Terique Jarrett – Joe/Si Crowell
- Thusitha Jayasundera – Mrs Webb
- Louis Martin – Howie Newsome
- Miriam Nyarko – Rebecca Gibbs
- David Ridley – Musical Director/Ensemble
- Garry Robson – Constable Warren
- Laura Rogers – Stage Manager
- Nicola Sloane – Mrs Soames
- Cleo Sylvestre – Professor Willard
- Tumo Reetsang, Tyrell Russell-Matthew – Wally Webb