happy prince A4 revised

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

For  more on the original production

click here

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Lily reed
Casson Chorus

The Happy Prince

‘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


The swallow
The Happy Prince 1
Chorus and Pandora
HP Image
The Matchgirl
Chorus and Swallow
The Crowd Scene 1