Peggoty’s Boy Takes Centre Stage

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A new musical inspired by one of Charles Dickens’ best loved works is taking centre stage thanks to staff and students at the University of Gloucestershire.

The musical premiere will be presented at The Playhouse Theatre in Cheltenham from Thursday April 25 to Saturday April 27. Featuring first and second year Performing Art students the direction, adaptation and libretto is by Course Leader Sue Colverd, while the musical direction and composition is by fellow Course Leader David Last.

Peggoty’s Boy is a retelling of David Copperfield, Dickens’ eighth novel which was first published in serial form in 1849 and 1850.

Sue is former Artistic Director at the Everyman theatre in Cheltenham, and David is a professional composer, conductor and arranger.

Sue, who oversees the Performing Art Top Up degree at the University, said: “The story is retold in a musical delight that journeys with David through an incredible life fraught with dangers, changes and loves-lost and gained. It features some of the best loved of Dickens’ characters from the murderous Murdstones and the malevolent Uriah Heap to the always constant Agnes and ever optimistic Wilkins Micawber. This promises to be an evening in great company with new songs, music and dance.”

Performances are at 7.30pm each evening. Tickets are £8 or £7 with concessions. Please contact the Box Office on 01242 522 852 for more information. To find out more about the Playhouse, please visit

About the University of Gloucestershire

The University of Gloucestershire gained official university status in 2001 but has existed as an educational establishment for nearly 200 years. Our heritage lies in the Mechanics Institutes of the 1830s, with our Francis Close Hall campus founded in 1847 as the Cheltenham Training College.

Today, we have three thriving campuses, Francis Close Hall and The Park in Cheltenham, and Oxstalls in Gloucester, which are occupied by approximately 10,000 students. In 2010, the University invested £5 million in teaching facilities including a new, state-of-the-art media and art and design studios.

The University of Gloucestershire delivers approximately 100 undergraduate course choices including accounting, law, business and management, fine art, TV production, humanities, leisure and tourism, social work and education plus and a diverse range of postgraduate and research degrees, and professional courses.

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Source: University of Gloucestershire

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