Moll Flanders

by  Daniel Defoe, Paul Leigh, Claire Luckham, George Stiles

Full Length Musical, Drama  /  5m, 4f

"Claire Luckham's adaptation of Defoe's story is lively and intelligent ... and the lyrics by Paul Leigh have plenty of bounce." - John Gross, Sunday Telegraph
"The songs are impressive ... the composer, George Stiles, [is] one of the great hopes for the future of the British musical..." - Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph

Daniel Defoe's famous eighteenth-century novel about a girl born in Newgate Gaol: "Twelve Year a Whore, Five Times a Wife (whereof once to h…

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 4f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Literature), Period
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Daniel Defoe's famous eighteenth-century novel about a girl born in Newgate Gaol: "Twelve Year a Whore, Five Times a Wife (whereof once to her own Brother), Twelve Year a Thief, Eight Year a Transported Felon in Virginia" who"at last grew Riche, liv'd in Honest and died a Penitent" is brought to the stage in this rumbustious musical written by Claire Luckham. The tale of Moll's many fortunes and misfortunes as she travels from Newgate Gaol to Colchester to Virginia to Bath to Liverpool to London and back again is told in a vivid series of deft, funny scenes. Travel, highway robbery, bloodsports, thieving, marriage and sex become Moll's picaresque pastimes as, with unfailing optimism, she seeks security in a world where the odds are stacked against her. The songs have fresh and witty lyrics by Paul Leigh and the music, by George Stiles, uses English folk-tunes - from "Greensleeves"to "Over the Hills and Far Away" - to evoke the period feel.
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Reviews

"Claire Luckham's adaptation of Defoe's story is lively and intelligent ... and the lyrics by Paul Leigh have plenty of bounce." - John Gross, Sunday Telegraph
"The songs are impressive ... the composer, George Stiles, [is] one of the great hopes for the future of the British musical..." Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph

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  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

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Production

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  • Time Period: 18th Century

Music

  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Small/Combo

Casting

5m, 4f
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Casting Notes

Cast of 40 Characters plus a chorus. Can be performed effectively by a cast of five men and four women

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10 Piano/Vocal Scores

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Authors

Daniel Defoe

Daniel Defoe

Paul Leigh

Paul Leigh

Claire Luckham

Claire Luckham

George Stiles

George Stiles

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