Princess Caraboo

by  Phil Willmott, Mark Collins

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  10m, 13f, 6m or f

Princess Caraboo tells the extraordinary true story of a beautiful young woman who tricked her way from vagrancy to wealth and power in Regency England by pretending to be a shipwrecked Princess.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    10m, 13f, 6m or f
  • Duration


    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre


    Adventure, Period
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Maintaining the deception becomes imperative as the stakes get higher and higher, and what begins as a desperate ploy by a petty criminal to evade the law escalates into a national scandal threatening to ruin anyone whose compassion, lust or ambition has blinded them to the truth.

As Princess Caraboo becomes the superstar of her day she discovers the price to be paid for living a lie and the cost of drawing the man she loves into her deceit. All of us, at one time or another, has told a lie; to make life run smoother, to land the perfect job, to win and keep the ones we love. This entertaining, glamorous and empowering story invites us all to consider the impact of life’s embellishments in defining who we really are and who we would like to be.

An exciting, tuneful and romantic new musical from the writer and composer, Phil Willmott. Previous work includes Lost Boy, The Dick Barton Trilogy, Once Upon a Time at the Adelphi and adaptations of Treasure Island and Around the World in Eighty Days.

"an ambitious, imaginative and robustly enjoyable new work" ★★★★ Whatsonstage 

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Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre


  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes
  • No Special Cautions

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  • Time Period: 19th Century
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


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


10m, 13f, 6m or f
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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)


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Full Package

2 Piano MD Scores
2 Rehearsal Scores
1 Reed
1 Violin 
10 Vocal Scores

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Phil Willmott

Multi-award-winning composer, writer and director Phil Willmott’s first collaboration as a composer with Mark Collins was the musical Lost Boy, which transferred from the Finborough Theatre for an extended run at the Charing Cross Theatre and imagined the characters from Peter Pan as adults in the First World War. Foll ...

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Mark Collins

Productions at the Finborough Theatre include co-composer for Lost Boy (which subsequently transferred to Charing Cross Theatre). Also, musical supervisor for Adam Guettel’s Myths and Hymns, and musical director for Grant Olding’s Three Sides. Mark has been MD or musical supervisor on many new musicals, including The S ...

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