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Country Magic

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About the Show Less...

A heart-warming testament to the power of love. Read More >

Country Magic is adapted from the popular 1922 fable The Enchanted Cottage, which was successful in raising the spirits of Londoners during the darkest hours of the Second World War.

The story centres on Oliver Bashford, who returns from the First World War crippled, facially disfigured and hopeless about his future. Unable to face the high society lifestyle he once enjoyed, he hides himself in the countryside where he encounters a lonely, seemingly unattractive local girl, Laura Pennington. Forced to protect himself from the interference of his social-climbing parents, he proposes marriage, although neither loves the other. The reluctant couple, however, fall under the spell of Murray Hillgrove, a neighbour blinded in the war whose optimism and belief in the power of love instigates an extraordinary, perhaps even magical, change in the couple. With his encouragement, Oliver and Laura do fall in love and undergo a mysterious and inexplicable transformation. But can this fragile and private enchantment survive the cruel scrutiny of sceptical outsiders?

Country Magic is a heart-warming testament to the power of love. 


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 14/04/2009

Opening Night: 16/04/2009

Closing Night: 09/05/2009

Running time: 2hr

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Cast & Creative


Daniel Abelson, Andrew Boxer, Paul Critoph, Sarah Feathers, Victoria Gee, Jamie Hinde, Moir Leslie, Lachlan Nieboer, Nicola Wright


Director - Phil Wilmott

Producer - The Steam Industry in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough theatre

Designer - Robin Don

Lighting Designer - Peter Bragg

Author - Arthur Wing Pinero

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