Music & Lyrics copyright Sue Casson 1993
adapted and directed
by Tom Blackmore
Recordings from 2012 Edinburgh Fringe
20th Anniversary Production
Happy Prince Tom Dawkins
Swallow Robert Blackmore
Chorus Sue Casson
Pandora Lily Blackmore
'There can be no more charming and radiant a show at the Fringe ...
....consistently entertaining from start to finish' A Younger Theatre
'That rare thing - a well-written new musical... ....Casson's harmonies could give Andrew Lloyd Webber a run for his money.'
'Nothing could outshine the warmth, charm and sensitivity of this beautifully simple musical'
Nominee for the Doric Wilson Award International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival
'One of the great musicals for its' heart, thought .... and purity of music and lyric.'
Oscar Wilde's enduring story of how a statue prince and a migrating swallow redeem the poverty of a city is brought imaginatively up to date by a cast of four and a piano, exploring how a tale is told and bringing alive for the audience all the 'Tricks of the Trade'.
The Happy Prince was first produced at Oxford's Old Fire Station, and subsequently toured nationwide.
A 20th anniversary production was launched at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2012, which returned to
The Bridewell Theatre in London for the weeks running up to Christmas and was part of the
Dublin 10th international Gay Theatre Festival 2013. It returned to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2014.
The Happy Prince
By Oscar Wilde
Click to hear the story read
‘It makes a fine evening: no sex, no violence, no reality.’
Andrew St George, Financial Times
‘Casson’s witty lyrics and soaring melodies transform a simple morality fable into a poignant meditation on the nature of poverty, generosity and the illusion of theatre.’
The Big Issue
‘a little pool of magic.'
Lynne Patrick, Derbyshire Times
Click on any image below to play selected songs and read the words
To be a Prince...
Tricks of the Trade
He Loves Me!
The Swallow's Lament