LARRY THE LAMB
A musical play. Book by David Wood and Sheila Ruskin. Music & lyrics by David Wood.
Adapted from the Toytown stories of S .G. Hulme-Beaman, by arrangement with LARRY THE LAMB LTD.
The play was first presented by the Worcester Repertory Company at the Swan Theatre, Worcester for Christmas, 1969. WSG Productions Limited presented a Christmas season of the play at the Shaw Theatre, London in 1973.
All the famous Toytown characters appear in this story as the townspeople are threatened by a fearsome dragon and a villainous highwayman.
Ernest the Policeman sets out to do his duty, the Mayor has some adventures with a motor car and is most unhappily transformed when one of the Magician’s spells goes wrong, the nasty-tempered Mr. Growser gets more than he bargained for when his bath water pipes freeze – but with the help of Larry the Lamb and Dennis the Dachshund, all is set to right in time for the Mayor’s special Christmas tea party.
David Wood writes : I thoroughly enjoyed directing the London production, and hoped that the popularity of the famous radio series would lead to many other productions. This proved not to be the case! Maybe there was too long a gap between the radio series and the stage play. Having said that, a television series had appeared not long before the stage production.
The show was great fun in performance, with lively audience participation.
It would be nice to see a revival!
The original production employed ten actors. Nearly all the characters are male – a feature of many of the classic children’s stories written at the time when Toytown and Larry the Lamb were in their heyday.
“Super stuff for children from 3 upwards”
“Splendidly villainous Highwayman… delightful Baby Dragon… excellent visual effects.”
“A real outing for under-10s”
The play and piano/vocal score are published by Samuel French Ltd. First Class Professional & Foreign Rights : Casarotto Ramsay Ltd. UK Repertory Rights : Samuel French Ltd. UK Amateur Rights : Samuel French Ltd. US Stock and Amateur Rights : Samuel French Inc.