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Worzel Gummidge

Book and lyrics by Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall: Music by Denis King; Based on the characters created by Barbara Euphan Todd

Cambridge Theatre, London - 18 December, 1981


Following the successful television series based on Barbara Euphan Todd's children's classic, Keith Waterhouse, Willis Hall and Denis King bring us a new, effervescent stage musical of the story of Worzel Gummidge. The naughty, petulant, greedy, yet always lovable scarecrow is here with all the familiar characters: Aunt Sally, Sergeant Beetroot and Sue and John. Brought to life by the Crowman, Worzel creates havoc and farce wherever he goes in his frenzied efforts to win Aunt Sally's unwilling hand until he finds himself before the scarecrow court on a very serious charge. But the final resolution is a happy one with a birthday cake enormous enought to satisfy even Worzel's appetite! 

This version enjoyed a very successful run in the West End of London at the Cambridge Theatre, starring Jon Pertwee and Una Stubbs.


Musical Numbers:

  1. The Scarecrow Hymn
  2. In the Country
  3. One 'ead an' an 'ead
  4. Aunt Sally's Song
  5. Why Should She Choose a Scarecrow?
  6. Chase Him
  7. A Slice o' Cake an' a Cup o' Tea
  8. It'll Suit Us
  9. Scarecrow Day
  10. Make Yorself a Friend
  11. We'll Be There
  12. He Is Guilty!
  13. It's Me Birthday

The Cast: M 12 (doubling possible) F4, 1 boy, 1 girl. Extras

The Scenes:

Various interior and exterior settings

NB: There are no orchestral parts available