I Capture the Castle

A new British musical based on the novel by Dodie Smith Book & Lyrics by Teresa Howard Music by Steven Edis Director Brigid Larmour Designer Ti Green Movement Director Shona Morris Musical Director Oli Jackson Lighting Designer Mike Gunning Sound Designer Nick Manning

Cassie is 17. She is trying to ‘capture’ her eccentric family in her new diary - her irritating elder sister Rose, her unconventional stepmother Topaz, her orphaned admirer Stephen, and her novelist father James, who hasn’t written a word in years.  They are behind with the rent for the tumbledown castle that seemed so romantic when they moved in. The roof is leaking, it never stops raining and the family is surviving on oatcakes and eggs. 

But the new landlord is a wealthy young American, with an attractive younger brother, and Spring is in the air...

Set in the bohemian England of the 1930s, this warm and sharply funny coming-of-age story from the author of 101 Dalmatians is set to stunning original music by Steven Edis, with influences of swing, tango, beguine, English folksong and a hint of Cole Porter!

The Palace team bring a trademark blend of emotional storytelling and physical theatre to this brilliant new musical, developed and premiered here in Watford before going out on the road...


Tour Dates:

Octagon Theatre Bolton Wed 26 April - Sat 6 May 2017

Oxford Playhouse Tue 16 - Sat 20 May 2017




'I Capture Watford' writing competition launched to celebrate I Capture the Castle, a new British musical based on the novel by Dodie Smith

Watford Palace Theatre announces new British musical - I Capture the Castle

The book I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith is now available from Watford's new Waterstones bookshop.

Photo: Richard Lakos (The Other Richard)

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With thanks to our Founders for generously supporting I Capture the Castle; Gary Townsend Vila, Jayne Trotman, Anne Fenton, Britannia Morton and Deborah Lincoln


'This is a big-hearted night out that more than captures the soul of Smith’s beloved castle.' The Daily Mail
Stays true to Dodie Smith’s first novel… visually spectacular Watford Observer
Lowri Izzard …outstanding performance… innocent but also perceptive at the same time. Watford Observer
“…a wonderful Cassandra in Lowri Izzard” The Daily Telegraph
“Brigid Larmour’s muscular production… cleverly retains the novel’s pathos while giving the ending a modern twist. Will it capture your heart? I reckon it will.” The Daily Telegraph
"I Capture the Castle musical labour of love oozes romance… There is such a lot to like here, from Ti Green’s brilliant design… to Shona Morris’ movement… … this old-fashioned show is full of integrity and will bring pleasure to thousands who love the novel. Including me." The Guardian
Edis’s music… billows and aches with romantic feeling while largely avoiding the sentimental. Some feat. The Guardian



Suzanne Ahmet
Suzanne Ahmet Topaz
Kate Batter
Kate Batter Rose
Theo Boyce
Theo Boyce Simon
Luke Dale
Luke Dale Neil
Lowri Izzard
Lowri Izzard Cassandra
Julia St John
Julia St John Mrs. Cotton
Isaac Stanmore
Isaac Stanmore Stephen
Ben Watson
Ben Watson James
Shona White
Shona White Leda







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Post show Q&A: Mon 10 Apr. 7.30pm
Audio Described: Sat 22 April, 2.30pm
Captioned: Wed 12 Apr, 7.30pm