The Hired Man with Oldham ColiseumKristy Stott, Theatre Editor
We were thrilled to hear that Oldham Coliseum, Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch and Hull Truck Theatre will be streaming their epic and landmark 2019 revival of The Hired Man this June.
Based on Melvin Bragg’s literary work, The Hired Man is an award-winning musical – an epic and heroic tale of love, betrayal and loyalty, set against a backdrop of working-class ritual and English tradition. When this major and much-loved revival played at Oldham last year, it was met with acclaim from both audiences and critics alike. The production went on to secure three Offie Award nominations and Lauryn Redding a well-deserved finalist for Best Female Performance in a Musical.
Set during the first part of the twentieth century, The Hired Man is a tale of Cumbrian rural and industrial working life. Think ritual-whippet racing, hiring fairs, drinking bouts and union meetings. This musical revisits that cavalcade of British history which swept us into the twentieth century and into a war to end all wars.
Foot-stomping rhythms, soaring choruses and a phenomenal musical score
With foot-stomping rhythms, soaring choruses and a phenomenal musical score, some audience members have dubbed it the best British musical in the last 40 years. We’re absolutely looking forward to experiencing this fabulous musical performance again from the comfort of our own homes.
The streaming hopes to raise vital funds for Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch and Hull Truck Theatre’s current and future creative projects, which together reach over 380,000 people a year, while their theatres are closed to the public.