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The Wicker Husband


Winner of the Stiles + Drewe

Mentorship Award 2016

Photo © Johan Persson
Performers Laura Johnson, Yazdan Qafouri, Eilon Morris 

A musical adaptation of the short story by Ursula Wills-Jones in which an ‘Ugly Girl' has resigned herself to a life alone, without friends or a partner, until the strange old Basket Maker creates a wonderful husband for her.


What follows is a haunting, witty tale of hope, cruelty and vengeance. Told through folk-inspired song and beautifully theatrical story-telling, the heart of the show is a question: ‘What is true ugliness?'

The Wicker Husband was the winner of the inaugural Musical Theatre International Stiles & Drewe Mentorship Award, which helped the show to develop toward a professional

West End industry showcase early in 2017. It was also a finalist in the Kevin Spacey Artist of Choice Award 2016 and also in the Stiles & Drewe Best New Song Award 2016.

The show opened in March 2020 at the Watermill Theatre.

★★★★★ “beautiful and bewitching, fresh and entirely original musical”  WhatsOnStage

Music & Lyrics Darren Clark BML

Book Rhys Jennings

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