THE WICKER HUSBAND
BY DARREN CLARK (MUSIC AND LYRICS) AND RHYS JENNINGS (BOOK)

BASED ON A SHORT STORY BY Ursula Wills-Jones

CURRENTLY IN DEVELOPMENT

THE WICKER HUSBAND is an award winning musical by Darren Clark and Rhys Jennings. 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 ensues is a haunting, witty and beautiful tale of hope, cruelty and vengeance. Told through folk inspired song and storytelling, at its heart the show explores the question: ‘What is true ugliness?'

NAMT 2018

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THE WICKER HUSBAND was one of eight musicals chosen to present at the 30th Annual National Alliance for Musical Theatre Festival of New Musicals on the 25 and 26 October 2018 at New World Stages, New York.

CAST

The Ugly Girl- Kerstin Anderson
The Innkeeper's Wife- Tracee Beazer
The Tailor's Wife- Lauren Blackman
The Innkeeper- Brian Calí
The Cobbler's Wife- Natalie Charle Ellis
The Basket Maker- Clifton Davis
The Wicker Husband- Jordan Donica
The Tailor- Ryan Duncan
The Cobbler- Todd A Horman

PRODUCTION

Directed by Charlotte Westenra 
Musical Direction by  Eli Zoller
Stage Managed by Angela Perez,
Dialect coaching by Lisa Nathans,
Directing Observer Rhonda Kohl

MUSICANS

Guiar/ Piano- Eli Zoller  
Percussion- Romano Di Nillo
Fiddle/ Mandolin- Douglas Waterbury Tiemam

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Songs from THE WICKER HUSBAND

THE OTHER PALACE 13 April 2017

THE WICKER HUSBAND won the inaugural MIT Stiles + Drewe Mentorship Award. The award enabled the team to develop the musical under George and Ant's expert guidance over a year through a writing retreat, weekly BMI workshops and two labs. This culminated in an industry showcase at The Other Palace. 

 Back row: Mark Aspinall, Rebecca Trehearn, Sebastien Torkia, Jamal Andréas, Roger Evans, Elexi Walker, Courtney Hows Middle row: Ruairi Glasheen, Jon Whitten, Loren O'Dair, Anne-Marie Piazza, Tyrone Huntley, Clive Rowe, Charlie Westenra Ursula Wills-Jones Front row: Rhys Jennings, Daren Clark, George Stiles, Anthony Drewe  Photo by Samuel Black

Back row: Mark Aspinall, Rebecca Trehearn, Sebastien Torkia, Jamal Andréas, Roger Evans, Elexi Walker, Courtney Hows
Middle row: Ruairi Glasheen, Jon Whitten, Loren O'Dair, Anne-Marie Piazza, Tyrone Huntley, Clive Rowe, Charlie Westenra Ursula Wills-Jones
Front row: Rhys Jennings, Daren Clark, George Stiles, Anthony Drewe
Photo by Samuel Black

 CAST

The Innkeeper- Jamal Andréas
The Cobbler- Roger Evans
The Wicker Husband- Tyrone Huntley
The Innkeeper's Wife- Loren O'Dair
The Ugly Girl- Anne-Marie Piazza
The Basket Maker- Clive Rowe
The Tailor- Sebastien Torkia
The Tailor's Wife- Rebecca Trehearn
The Cobbler's Wife- Elexi Walker

MUSCIANS

Guiar- Darren Clark
Percussion- Ruairi Glasheen
Hammer Dulcimer- Jon Whitten

PRODUCTION

Directed by Charlotte Westenra 
Musical Direction by  Mark Aspinall
Sound by David Gregory
Stage Managed by Sharon Calcutt Cheadle
Award Managed by Lettie Graham (Stiles + Drewe) and Martin Jackson (MMD)

 George Stiles, Rhys Jennings, Darren Clarke and Anthony Drewe

George Stiles, Rhys Jennings, Darren Clarke and Anthony Drewe

THE UNICORN THEATRE 26- 29 May 2015 

DARREN CLARK

As a composer and songwriter Darren has had his work performed at The Camden Roundhouse, Jackson’s Lane, The Edinburgh Fringe, The Pegasus Theatre and Wilton's Music Hall amongst others. His song Angel at the Top of the Tree was the runner up for the Stiles & Drewe Best New Song 2015 and the winner of the Iris Theatre Song Competition. He was a finalist in the Best New Musical Theatre Song 2013 competition in London's West End. Darren has collaborated with international artists from Moscow and Australia recently, writing songs and music for THE GRUMPIEST BOY IN THE WORD  (Finegan Kruckemeyer) and ONCE UPON A SNOWFLAKE (Maria Litinova) by Paper Balloon Theatre. He wrote the original songs and music for THESE TREES ARE MADE OF BLOOD by Amy Draper and Theatre Bench, which had a very successful run at the Southwark Playhouse in Spring 2015.

Darren’s contemporary folk songs have been broadcast on BBC Radio London and Worcester and he wrote the score for the BBC radio series THE MINISTRY OF STORIES. His original story RAVEN BOY is currently being adapted for the stage by Infectious Theatre supported by ACE, Greenwich Theatre and Jackson’s Lane. As an actor and singer he has toured nationally with Theatre Hullaballoo and Action Transport Theatre in the ground-breaking children’s opera MY MOTHER TOLD ME NOT TO STARE. Darren also regularly runs songwriting workshops for young people with numerous schools and theatres.

RHYS JENNINGS

Trained at RWCMD. His theatre includes: A Hard Rain (Above the Stag), The Grumpiest Boy in the World (Paper Balloon); Humbug (Theatre Clwyd); DNA (Hull Truck Theatre); The Rivals (Theatre Royal Bath / Tour & West End transfer); Shhh, Auricular and Thatcherwrite (Theatre 503); Newsrevue (Canal Cafe Theatre); The Sitcom Mission (New Diorama); Cymbeline (Tabard Theatre); The Night Porters (Thistle Sifters).

Rhys won the 2009 Carleton Hobbs Award and worked with the BBC Radio Drama Company for five months. His radio includes: The Plantagenets, The Changeling (dir. Jeremy Mortimer); Black Hearts in Battersea, The Honourable Schoolboy (dir. Marc Beeby); Matilda (dir. Claire Grove); High-Lites, Planet B (dir. Jessica Dromgoole).