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After The Fair

Book & Lyrics by Stephen Cole Music by Matthew Ward
Based on a story by Thomas Hardy

"A wonderfully wry and affecting chamber musical written with great elegance and style." - John Kander

"The delightful score to After the Fair is skillfully written, given a musical fluidity and unity throughout by its composer, Matthew Ward, and a genuine deft musical-theatre storytelling structure bit its lyricist, Stephen Cole." - Maury Yeston

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  • 5 Dallas Theatre League Awards including Best New Play or Musical and Best Musical Production...
  • Outer Critics Circle Nomination for Best Off Broadway Musical
  • Gilman Gonzalez-Falla Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre


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What happens when a married Victorian British woman writes letters for her illiterate maid and falls in love with the man to whom she is writing? A romantic, literate musicalization of Thomas Hardy's short story.


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