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The Go-Between

Adapted from the novel by LP Hartley.
Music and lyrics by Richard Taylor. Book and lyrics by David Wood.

Following workshops organised by Perfect Pitch, the musical was first performed at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Derby Live and Royal and Derngate, Northampton. The production won Best Musical of the Year in the UK Theatre Awards. In 2016, The Go-Between played in the West End at the Apollo Theatre, London, starring Michael Crawford.

Leo Colston – a man haunted by the events of his past – vividly recalls his unwitting role acting as a go-between for the beautiful upper-class Marian and the tenant-farmer Ted. Their illicit love affair drags young Leo into an adult world of passion and intrigue. This haunting, ambitious musical by Richard Taylor and David Wood is a deeply moving coming-of-age story, exploring the shadows the past can cast on the present.

“A wonderful new musical.”

Neal Sean, NBC NEWS

“A haunting new musical thrillingly alive, as delicate as it is beautiful.”


“Enthralling, beautifully textured, remarkably moving, glorious.”


“The score by Richard Taylor and David Wood is superb, with beautifully crafted shifts in tone.”


The musical is published by Samuel French Ltd. First Class Professional & Foreign Rights; Cassarotto Ramsay Ltd. UK Repertory Rights; Cassarotto Ramsay Ltd. UK Amateur Rights; Samuel French Ltd. US Stock and Amateur Rights; Samuel French Inc.