Following the successful UK television series based on Barbara
Euphan Todd's children's classic, writers Keith Waterhouse, Willis
Hall and composer Denis King created a new stage musical
adaptation of the story of 'Worzel Gummidge'. The naughty,
petulant, greedy, yet always lovable scarecrow was reimagined for
the stage with all the familiar characters: Aunt Sally, The Crowman,
Sergeant Beetroot and Sue and John.
the principal cast members from the TV series (Jon Pertwee, Una
Stubbs and Geoffrey Bayldon), the ‘Worzel Gummidge’
musical was first staged at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre
over the 1980 Christmas period, receiving sensational reviews from
the press. The production transferred to London’s Cambridge
Theatre for the following Christmas season, opening on December
22nd, 1981 and by popular demand extended its run through till
February 27th, 1982.
original cast album produced by Norman Newell was recorded at Abbey
Road Studios in the weeks preceding the London opening. The Original
London Cast Recording now makes its debut on CD and is accompanied
with the 'The Worzel Gummidge Christmas Maxi Single'
featuring songs from the 1980 Christmas TV spectacular 'A Cup Of
Tea And A Slice Of Cake'.
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DATE: NOVEMBER 10th, 2014