"Here in New England, there are laws we uphold,

Those who don’t agree will be pushed out in the cold…”

New England, 1650. Hester Prynne is on trial for bearing an illegitimate child; her punishment, to wear a scarlet letter ‘A’ for Adulteress as a mark of shame. But who is the father..? Secrets, lies and scandal abound, leading to a witch-hunt for the truth which will leave nothing in its wake. Welcome to Puritan New England.

This sung-through dark, chamber musical had its UK premiere as part of Iris Theatre's 'Workin Process' season at the Actor's Church, Covent Garden, November 2019 and is in currently in development to have its first fully staged production in 2020.

THE SCARLET LETTER:

A New England Folktale

Book, Music & Lyrics by David Hewson

Adapted from the novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne

THE SANDMAN

Written by John Ward

Music & Lyrics by David Hewson

"Don't you listen to what no grown-ups say, 

if you want good vibes all through the day, 

make your head jig, jig,

You've gotta Dream Big!”

When Merry Pennyweather's Father goes missing in action during WWII, she finds herself dumped in the miserable Crooksworth Orphanage, a place of nightmares. Alone and in need of a friend she stumbles upon a music box which summons a strange visitor from the moon; the enigmatic Mr Sandman. Together, the unlikely pair embark on a fantastical quest to defeat the nightmares. But can hope be restored in the Orphanage in time for Christmas?

 

Set in Christmas 1945 Britain, 'Stiff Upper Lip' collides with the fantastical feats of The Sandman as a new generation of dreamers looks to rebuild Britain one dream at a time. Humorous, heart warming and loaded with music and dance this seasonal musical is perfect for all the family.  

The Sandman was commissioned by Mountview Academy and premiered in December 2019 in their new Cameron Mackintosh on-site theatre in Peckham, performed by third year actor musician students. 

THE ACCIDENTAL TIME TRAVELLER

Adapted by Clare Prenton 

from the book by Janis Mackay

Music & Lyrics by David Hewson

"How many sleeps now?

It's not long surely... 'till CHRISTMAS!?"

On the Saturday before Christmas, on his way to the corner shop, Saul notices a rather confused looking girl, dressed in strange clothes, suddenly appear in the middle of the road. Her name is Agatha Black and what is extraordinary about Agatha is that she is from 1815 – and she’s desperate to get back.

Adapted from Janis Mackay’s award-winning children’s book, THE ACCIDENTAL TIME TRAVELLER is a magnificent new musical for all the family, full of hilarious misunderstandings, gripping action and spellbinding music.

Commisioned by British Youth Music Theatre it had its UK premiere at The Barbican Theatre, Plymouth in August 2019.

© 2020 David Hewson

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