Brontë family fronts West Yorks Playhouse premiere of Wasted rock musical


Wasted, a new award-winning rock musical about the Brontës, is set to be staged at West Yorkshire Playhouse as part of the venue’s season celebrating the bicentenary of Charlotte Brontë’s birth.

The musical drama, written by Christopher Ash and Carl Miller, tells the remarkable true story of four young people with huge passions and amazing dreams.

Wasted showcases Yorkshire’s Brontë siblings, Anne, Charlotte, Emily and brother Branwell, with songs inspired by the sisters.

Misfit kids from a Yorkshire village, yearn to be heard, find fame beyond their wildest hopes, and die tragically young.

Full of energy, emotion and humour, with songs inspired by their shocking, controversial genius, Wasted is the Brontës as you have never seen them before.

The demo-tape workshop gives WYP audiences an exclusive first chance to experience the complete show in a work-in-progress staging.


Wasted took the UK Musical Theatre prize in the Kevin Spacey Foundation Awards that recognise the best up-and-coming artists in the UK, US and Canada. Winners receive £10,000 in funding, year-round support from the foundation and an industry mentor.

Director Adam Lenson said: “This is a career defining opportunity for me to be able to direct a major workshop of a stunning new British musical and to get to work closely with the writers up until and beyond the workshop.

“I am so grateful for this first show of support for a project that I wholeheartedly believe will go the distance and can help redefine what the British musical can be.”

Work-in-progress performances of Wasted are in WYP’s Courtyard Theatre from October 20 – 22.

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