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Coram Boy


Written by - Jamila Gavin

Adapted by - Helen Edmundson

Director - Catherine Alexander

Musical Director - David Ashley 

Set & Costume Designer - Ryszard Andrzejewski

Assistant Director - Jesse Fox

Vocal Coach - Gary Horner

Head of Scenic Art - Carla Mardle

Assistant Head of Scenic Art - Leanna McDonald

Wig Supervisor - Paul Aspinall

Venue - Embassy Theatre at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Performed by - BA (Hons) Acting CDT students, working alongside students from the BA (Hons) Theatre Practice

Coram Boy was adapted from Jamila Gavin’s novel and premiered at the National Theatre in 2005 to huge critical acclaim. The play tells the tale of two orphans at the Coram Hospital in London and their journey to unlock their past and create a future. An epic drama that delves into the dark worlds of child murder, exploitation and desperate cruelty that underpinned the lives of so many people.

This exciting ensemble piece of theatre is set to the glorious choruses of Handel’s Messiah and gives fragile glimpses of the possibility of redemption.

Please be aware that the performance contains themes of a sexual, violent and distressing nature.

By arrangement with Nick Hern Books.


Mr Milcote - Jonathan Blaydon

Meshak Gardiner/Mish - Lucas Button

Theodore Claymore/Mr Hendry - Jasper William Cartwright

Sir William Ashbrook - Willem Dalby

Lady Ashbrook - Sophie Dessauer

Melissa MIlcote/Angel - Sam Hardie

Mrs Lynch - Rachel-Leah Hosker

Miss Price/Toby - Keziah Joseph

Otis Gardiner/Mr Gaddarn - Sandro Kalandadze

Thomas Ledbury (as a child)/Molly - Frances Knox

Alexander Ashbrook - Antti Laine

Isobel Ashbrook - Emma Lowther (alumni)

Alice Ashbrook/Aaron - Jenni Mackenzie-Jones

Thomas Ledbury (as an adult) - Samuel Ross

Edward Ashbrook/Handel - Peter Rugman

Dr Smith/Governor - Valentin Stoev

Creative Team

Assistant Designer - Alice Simonato

Lighting Designer - Johanne Jensen

Assistant Lighting Designer - Beth Gupwell

Sound Designer - Harry Johnson

Scenic Artist - Alice Olley

Scenic Artist - Katie Ramsden

Production Team

Production Manager - Rory O’Brien

Technical Manager - Lewis Moore

Assistant Technical Manager - Jack Greenyer

Assistant Technical Manager - Anthony Papamichael

Assistant Technical Manager - Harvey Shepherdson

Stage Manager- Josh York

Deputy Stage Manager - Loren Rayner

Acting Assistant Stage Manager - Isobel Norris

Acting Assistant Stage Manager - Daisy On

Assistant Stage Manager Book Cover - Matthew Pain

Chief Electrician - Lara Davidson

Deputy Chief Electrician - Matthew Zelmanowicz

Lighting Programmer & Lighting No.3 - Phillip Burke

LX Crew - Billy Cahill

LX Crew - Jack Hathaway

LX Crew - Jamie Long

Sound Engineer - Jacob Holmes

Head of Construction - Ollie Taplin

Head of Construction - Jed Burns

Head Draftsman - John Venier

Construction Supervisor - Edward Salisbury

Constructor - Bradley Black

Constructor - Kathryn Mather

Constructor - Carolina Parreira

Constructor - Jack Rae

Constructor - Leon Sweeney

Costume Supervisor - Emma Lindsay

Wardrobe Mistress - Lucy Loraine

Dresser - Craig Hall

Dresser - Alice Keal

Dresser - Stefanie Munck

Dresser - Holly Pendlebury

Dresser - Sophia Raja

Dresser - Gianna Torchia

Dresser - Louise Wain

Head of Props - Camilla Castiello

Prop Maker - Samuel Allan

Prop Maker - Tanya Johnson

Prop Maker - Sarah Jane Roberts


Aerial Work/Acting Coach - Joel Gatehouse, MA Actor Training & Coaching

Period Movement/Dance - Joanna Clare, MA/MFA Movement: Directing & Teaching


Book Tickets

Box Office

Monday to Friday: 10:00am to 4:30pm
Saturday: 12:00pm to 2:30pm
Sunday: Closed
Additional opening on performance nights: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Telephone: 020 7722 8183
Email: boxoffice@cssd.ac.uk

About The Show

Tickets should be collected 15 minutes prior to the start of the performance. Latecomers may not be admitted until there is a suitable break.

Please ensure that all mobile phones and pagers are switched off. Video and audio recording and flash photography are not permitted. No food or drink is allowed in the performance space.

Venue Location

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Eton Avenue
Swiss CottageLondon NW3 3HY

Event price

£10 / £5 concessions / Complimentary tickets: industry and associated professionals

Event dates

15 Jun 2016 - 7:30pm

16 Jun 2016 - 7:30pm

17 Jun 2016 - 2:30pm

17 Jun 2016 - 7:30pm

18 Jun 2016 - 2:30pm

18 Jun 2016 - 7:30pm

Book Tickets