The Hired Man

Howard Goodall & Melvyn Bragg’s The Hired Man 


The Hired Man Based on Melvyn Bragg's stirring novel of Cumbrian rural and industrial working life, set in the first quarter of the twentieth century, The Hired Man tells the story of one family's - Bragg's grandparents' - journey from land labourers to colliers and back to the land. Set against the background of working class ritual - whippet racing, hiring fairs, hunting, drinking bouts, union meetings - the musical brings alive that cavalcade of British history which swept us into a new century and a war to end all wars. Howard Goodall's superb score is strong in the British choral tradition - a marvellous succession of chorales, operatic duets and vigorous foot-stomping rhythms. 


Director: Nikolai Foster 

Design : Matthew Wright

Orchestration / Musical Director : Sarah Travis 

Movement & Choreography : Nick Winston 


National Youth Music Theatre 

13-16 August 2014 

St James Theatre, London


Reviews for THE HIRED MAN at the St James Theatre London 


"The cast of thirty are at their best in Nick Winston’s splendidly choreographed numbers" ★★★★ Jonathan Baz 


"inventive choreography by Nick Winston against the music & lyrics written by Howard Goodall" ayoungertheatre 


"Nick Winston’s gusty, earthy choreography" ★★★★1/2 Public Reviews 


"Nick Winston’s choreography reflects a similar muscularity that felt utterly true" outtobeclowns 


"Nikolai Foster’s superb staging, with very physical, muscular choreography from Nick Winston"