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The Hired Man

Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch and Hull Truck Theatre in association with Oldham Coliseum Theatre present

The Hired Man

Book by Melvyn Bragg

Music and Lyrics by Howard Goodall


The best British musical in 40 years

Cumbria, 1898. Whippet racing, hiring fairs, hunting and drunken antics collide, in this passionate story of John and Emily, a young married couple, and their moving struggle to carve a living from the land.

An epic and heroic tale of love, betrayal and loyalty, set against a backdrop of English country traditions being swept away as a new century faces the gathering storm of war…

Based on the stirring novel by Melvyn Bragg, with a superb score of rousing foot stomping rhythms and soaring choruses by Howard Goodall, the award-winning composer of West End hits Bend It Like Beckham and Love Story.

★★★★★ ‘A West End standard production’ Musical Theatre Review

★★★★ Irresistible and rewarding ActDrop

★★★★ ‘A beautiful and poignant show’ London Theatre 1


27 Apr - 18 May 2019


Various times, see bleow


£13.50 | £17.50 | £20.50 (+ 65p QNew Transformation Fee)

Mon - Thu
£19.50 | £24.50 | £28 (+ 65p QNew Transformation Fee)
£8 | Under 26s (Collection only - Please show proof of age)

Fri & Sat
£22.50 | £27 | £30 (+ 65p QNew Transformation Fee)

Running Time

140 minutes


20 minutes

Access Details

Talk Back
Wed 8 May | 7.30pm
A chance to meet and question the company after the show

Sign Language Interpreted performance
Wed 15 May | 7.30pm

Audio Described
Sat 18 May | 2.30pm


Main House

Cast + Creatives

Book by Melvyn Bragg
Music and Lyrics Howard Goodall
Director Douglas Rintoul
Designer Jean Chan
Music Director Ben Goddard
Movement Director Jane Gibson
Lighting Designer Prema Mehta
Sound Designer Chris Murray
Costume Supervisor Lydia Hardiman
Fight Director Bethan Clark
Accent Coach Louise Jones
Casting Director Matthew Dewsbury
Casting Assistant Tom Hurley
Assistant Director Kara M Tyler
Executive Producer Mathew Russell

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