Harry & Greta Livestream - New Wolsey Theatre

Harry & Greta Livestream

Performed on Sat 5 Aug

Vintage-style posters are stuck up on a run-down concrete wall. One of them shows a boy with his hands on his hips, looking up towards the sky confidently, a big red title beneath reading 'Team Harry.' The other type of poster has a blue background and shows a girl frowning with her arms crossed. A white title above her reads 'Save our planet, stand with Greta.' The two poster designs are repeated along the wall. A white title below them reads 'Harry and Greta' and a navy banner along the bottom of the image reads 'Livestream' in white text.

Presented by British Youth Music Theatre

And they all lived happily ever after. Or did they?

This dystopian retelling of 'Hansel and Gretel' (or in this case, Harry and Greta) examines what happens to our protagonists after they escape from the Wicked Witch. When there’s no home to go back to and no adults to look after them, it’s time they took matters into their own hands. In a world harrowed by the effects of climate change, Harry, Greta and an incredible team of young people must unite in their cause to save the planet and put things right!

'Harry and Greta' is a new musical written and composed by Lewis Cornay, the recipient of BYMT’s 2023 New Music Theatre Award. The creative team on the production includes Franny Rafferty as Director and Christopher Tendai as Choreographer. Both Lewis and Christopher are alumni of BYMT.

Arrangements by Ben McQuigg and Matt Herbert and Orchestrations by Matt Herbert.

The show is available as a livestream!

The livestream is a great opportunity to:
- Support British Youth Music Theatre
- Support young talent
- Host a watch party with the chance to see an amazing show at an exclusive price of £10 from the comfort of your home

Scroll down to book your livestream ticket now!

Running Time: 1hr 55mins

Suitable for those aged 5 +

Contains haze and some flashing lights.

Please note: This webpage is for the livestream of 'Harry & Greta.' To book auditorium tickets, please click the link below.

Cast & Creatives

Lewis Cornay — Writer

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Pronouns: he/him

After graduating with a first class honours degree from The Guildford School of Acting in 2017, Lewis Cornay has worked continuously as both an actor and writer. His musical, Snowflake, has been workshopped at The Central School of Speech and Drama and in collaboration with The Grad Fest. Lewis released a Visual EP for the piece last year, which received an OnComm commendation and was a finalist at the Offies. It was then staged at The Lowry as part of the Rewrites Festival with direction from Tom Jackson Greaves.

His new cabaret show, The Curious Case of Lewis Cornay, received its debut at The Other Palace in 2023.

In 2020/21 Lewis was part of the prestigious Soho Writers Lab where he wrote Scally. The piece recently underwent an R&D process under the direction of Ellis Buckley.

In Autumn of 2022, Lewis’ debut play Daddy Issues had its debut run at Seven Dials Playhouse. It received wonderful feedback and has plans for a future life. Also in 2022, Lewis was awarded the New Musical Theatre Award, giving him a commission to write a brand-new musical for British Youth Music Theatre. The piece, Harry and Greta, receives its debut at the New Wolsey, Ipswich, in August 2023.

Cornay was also a finalist at Stiles and Drewe Best New Song Prize.

Lastly, he is currently playing the part of SpongeBob in the current UK tour of The SpongeBob Musical to great acclaim.

Franny Anne Rafferty — Director

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Training: Royal Central School of Speech & Drama.

Recipient of the MGCFutures 2017 Assistant Director Award with Mercury Colchester.

Previous credits as Director: Michael Friedman and Alex Timbers' Love's Labour's Lost (LSMT at the Union Theatre), Bare: A Pop Opera (Chichester Conservatoire at The Alexandra, Bognor Regis), Legally Blonde (Mountview, London), Lysistrata Jones (ArtsEd, London), UK Premiere The Little Prince by James D. Reid & Nicholas Lloyd Webber (ICTheatre, Brighton), More Light by Bryony Lavery (Online rehearsed reading, Drink The Ink & Magnetic Studios), Saving Rachel (Fertility Fest 2019, Olympia), Vanya's by Barlow & Smith (MMD workshop), The Field by Lydia Thomson for Rapid Write Response (Theatre 503), A West End Christmas (Cadogen Hall), The Fun Club presents… [Working Title] (Camden People’s Theatre), Jonathan Larson's Tick, tick... Boom!, and The Accrington Pals by Peter Whelan (Bridewell Theatre).

As Associate Director: Bugsy Malone (UK Tour and Alexandra Palace), A Sherlock Carol (Marylebone Theatre), SIX The Musical (UK Tour, West End and NCL Cruises 2019-2022), Turn Of The Screw (UK Tour 2019), The Rink (Southwark Playhouse), Titanic The Musical (UK /Ireland Tour and Hamburg State Opera), and Spamalot (UK Tour 2018).

As Assistant Director: Pickle Jar (Soho Theatre), Turn of the Screw (Mercury Colchester and UK Tour 2018), Ever Onward Workshop (The Other Palace), and Spamalot (UK Tour 2017).

Christopher Tendai — Choreographer

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Christopher Tendai is an up and coming Theatre Choreographer, breathing a fresh new life into the imagery of how we see Theatre and Dance productions. Some of his credits include: Wonderland In Alice (Offies Nominated for Best Choreography), Wuthering Heights - A New Musical Workshop, Children of Eden, Scroogelicous, The Wonderful (winning an Offies Award in 2021), and The Guap Gala at the Natural History Museum.

Christopher is also the Artistic Director for the award-winning Dance Company: CTC Dance Company. The company are known for their thought provoking works such as IDENTITY, and iNk’d.

Performance Credits: Cabaret (Playhouse Theatre), Carousel (Regents Open Air Theatre), Dick Whittington (National Theatre), Matilda (Cambridge Theatre), In The Willows (UK Tour), West Side Story (Royal Exchange Theatre), Original Cast of Hamilton (Victoria Palace Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar (Regents Open Air Theatre), In The Heights (Kings Cross Theatre), Hairspray (UK & Ireland Tour).

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