Merlin makes magic at Southampton’s Nuffield Theatre

Merlin

This Christmas, Southampton’s Nuffield Theatre will be transformed into the enchanting, mythical kingdom of Camelot to tell the story of young Merlin and his childhood friends Arthur and Gwen.

This action-packed journey of a lifetime sees our daredevil threesome, encountering powerful magic forces, mystical characters and adventures beyond their wildest dreams.

Merlin, a co-production with Northampton’s Royal & Derngate has already cast its spell over youngsters in the Midlands. It now moves to the south coast for another year of spellbinding fun.

The production, directed by Liam Steel, combines quick-fire storytelling with new music by BAFTA nominated Rob Castell (Officially Amazing, CBBC).

Prince Arthur is destined to become a knight, but he is torn between duty to his country and loyalty to his friends.

Young squire Merlin is struggling to keep his extraordinary and unruly magic powers under control, and the gutsy Princess Gwen proves that she might just be the bravest of them all.

Annie Reilly, Producer for Nuffield, said: “Featuring some of Camelot’s most extraordinary and hilarious characters, from petulant princesses to vile villains and mystical dragons, this magical musical play tells the origins of one of the most famous legends of all time… With roaring adventures and extraordinary songs.”

The cast includes Rob Castell, Fred Lancaster, Joshua Manning, Kayla Meikle, Aryana Ramkhalawon, Sophie Reid and Adam Welsh.

Rob Castell returns to Nuffield as composer, musical director, and cast member of Merlin, following his performances as Rudolf in The Snow Queen last Christmas and Smitty in Nuffield’s The Hudsucker Proxy in May 2015.

Rob is known for his work with the comedy musical group Barbershopera, and he writes and performs songs for Officially Amazing.

This co-production is part of a partnership between the R&D and Nuffield, which has seen them collaboratively commission, develop and produce annual adaptations of well-loved children’s titles which will play at both theatres across two Christmas seasons.

The Snow Queen, Nuffield’s 2014 Christmas show, will play at Royal & Derngate this Christmas, while Nuffield is staging Merlin in Southampton this year.

Merlin runs at the Nuffield from November 26- January 3.

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