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Animal Farm (musical)
Animal Farm (musical)
From the book by George Orwell. Adapted by Peter Hall. Lyrics by Adrian Mitchell. Music by Richard Peaslee.

Cast: 11m., 7w. (fewer with doubling.) This musical begins as a young boy takes the novel Animal Farm from his bookshelf and sits by his toy barnyard to read. While he does so, the barnyard becomes an imaginative set in which the barnyard animals seek to take over control of the yard, as they feel they will have a better life without the interference of the farmer. Their quest for this new life soon leads them to establish a totalitarian microcosm in which some animals are far more equal than others. This Orwellian musical works remarkably well because, as one critic put it, "…the scale exactly matches the subject: what we get is not an epic truncated but an allegory visualized, with much of the narrative weight being carried by Adrian Mitchell's lyrics and Richard Peaslee's subtly responsive music." This is truly a show for all ages…with something of substance at every level. Flexible set. Approximate Running Time: 1 hour, 55 minutes.

Music Samples

Beasts of England
No Man, No Master
Sugarcandy Mountain
The Seven Commandments
The Green Flag
Twenty-Seven Ribbons
The Boulder Song
A Nothing Song
Determined Chorus
Napoleon Rallies the Ranks
This Isn't What We Wanted
I See the Future

Play details
Status:  (Subject to Restriction)
Type of show:  Musical
Catalog Code:  A06
Cast Size:  18
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  76
Royalty:  Submit Application.
Cost:  $10.95
Approx. Running Time:  115 min.
Target Audience: Family (All Audiences)
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Literary Classic
ISBN (10): 0871296950
George Orwell (1903-1950), nee Eric Arthur Blair, won a scholarship to Eton then served in the Imperial Police in Burma from 1922-27, where his experiences of colonialism stayed with him for life. His first book, Down and Out in Paris and London (1933), described his experiences in both cities of living on the poverty line. In The Road to Wigan ...More
New York born, Yale, Juilliard and Paris trained, Richard Peaslee has written for concert, musical theater, jazz, dance, film and television. His works have been performed on and off-Broadway throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. He wrote the music for the Peter Brook/Royal Shakespeare Company productions of The Marat/Sade, A Midsummer Night's Dream, US and Antony and Cleopatra; for ...More
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* Please note that royalties quoted in our catalog are intended for K-12 schools with a standard curriculum only. All other producing groups must submit a completed application.

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