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A Watermill Theatre Production


Book by Rhys Jennings
Music and Lyrics by Darren Clark
Based on an original short story by Ursula Wills  

Fri 11 Mar 2022 - Sat 26 Mar 2022

BENEFACTOR BOOKING OPEN NOW | call the box office on 01635 46044
| Wednesday 3 November, 10am
GROUPS BOOKING OPENS | Monday 8 November, 10am
PUBLIC BOOKING OPENS | Tuesday 9 November, 10am



‘Once upon a withy on the edge of a deep damp swamp, nestled in the arms of a winding river, stood a pretty little town…’ 

Folk-inspired new musical THE WICKER HUSBAND tells the timeless tale of the outsider.

In a superficial world, where beauty is only skin-deep, meet the so-called ‘Ugly Girl’.

Ostracised by the shallow townsfolk because she doesn’t fit in, the Ugly Girl becomes the envy of her neighbours when the mysterious Old Basketmaker makes her a strong and loving husband woven from living wicker. As bitter rivalry and jealousy threaten to tear the community apart, the townsfolk embark on a cruel and destructive plan. Will the Ugly Girl’s happiness be ruined forever?

A captivating musical featuring ‘delightfully vivid’ puppetry and ‘richly evocative’ music, The Wicker Husband returns to The Watermill following its premature closure in March 2020 due to the pandemic.

The Wicker Husband was the winner of the inaugural MTI Stiles + Drewe Mentorship Award in 2016 celebrating new British musical theatre writers and was included in the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s 30th Annual Festival of New Musicals in New York.  


Praise for The Wicker Husband: 


'Beautiful and bewitching, fresh and entirely original’




‘A fun and bawdy fairytale for adults’


 The Times


Performance Information

Running time: Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including a 20 minute interval. 

Age guidance: Recommended 10+. This production contains some strong language. 

Content warnings: TBC


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Socially Distanced Performances

We understand that some audience members may feel more comfortable attending a performance with more space between themselves and other audience members, so we are pleased to offer socially distanced performances for THE WICKER HUSBAND. Audience members will be required to wear a face covering (unless exempt) when attending a socially distanced performance.

Dates and times for these performances can be found here.


Accessible Performances

Relaxed performance

Saturday 19 March at 2.30pm 

To book tickets for the Relaxed Performance, please contact the Box Office on 01635 46044 or email boxoffice@watermill.org.uk


Listen to the audio flyer:  


For more information about the Relaxed Performance please call the Box Office on 01635 46044 or visit our Access page.


Book by Rhys Jennings
Music and Lyrics by Darren Clark
Based on an original short story by Ursula Wills

Directed by Charlotte Westenra
Design by Anna Kelsey
Puppetry Direction and Design by Finn Caldwell
Choreography by Steven Harris
Lighting design by Hartley T. Kemp
Musical Director Pat Moran
Puppetry Associate Gareth Aled