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I Capture the Castle at the Watford Palace Theatre, Watford

Published by: Trevor Gent on 6th Apr 2017 | View all blogs by Trevor Gent

 ‘First love, unrequited love, married love...’

Watford Palace Theatre, Octagon Theatre Bolton and Kevin Wallace Limited in association with Deborah Ward present a new British musical based on the novel by Dodie Smith. It tells the story through the eyes of seventeen year old narrator Cassandra, opening with the famous line: ‘I write this sitting in the kitchen sink..’

Cassandra (Cassie) is 17. She is trying to ‘capture’ her eccentric family in her new diary - her irritating elder sister Rose, her unconventional stepmother Topaz, her orphaned admirer Stephen, and her novelist father James, who hasn’t written a word in years.  They are behind with the rent for the tumbledown castle that seemed so romantic when they moved in. The roof is leaking, it never stops raining and the family is surviving on oatcakes and eggs. 

But the new landlord is a wealthy young American, with an attractive younger brother, and spring is in the air...

Set in the bohemian England of the 1930s, this warm and sharply funny coming-of-age story from the author of 101 Dalmatians is set to stunning original music by Steven Edis, with influences of swing, tango, beguine, English folksong and a hint of Cole Porter!

The Palace team have brought their trademark blend of emotional storytelling and physical theatre to this brilliant new musical, developed and premiered in Watford before going out on the road...

A very engaging and well written piece of theatre, the simple staging is effective with stairs and beams representing the interior of the castle, and curtain backdrops and clever use of props, sound and light effects depending on the mood and location of the scene. All this leaves you concentrating (and you will need to concentrate) on the actors themselves who all play their roles very well indeed. 

A very enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours. Go along and see for yourselves!


Full Cast detail on this link:|rose&cassandra

Book and Lyrics by Teresa Howard

Music by Steven Edis

Directed by Brigid Larmour

Designer Ti Green

Movement Director Shona Morris

Musical Director Oli Jackson

Lighting Designer Mike Gunning

Sound Designer Nick Manning


Playing at:

Watford Palace Theatre from Friday 31st March until Saturday 22nd April.

Octagon Theatre, Bolton from Wednesday 16th April to Saturday 6th May.

Further tour dates to be announced.

Reviewed by Trevor Gent



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