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by Mike Gibb and Kevin Walsh



Musical Theatre: 'Clarinda' by Gibb & Walsh‘Clarinda’ is a new Scottish musical play based on the love affair between Robert Burns and Nancy McLehose that led to a famous exchange of letters, and that inspired the poet to write ‘Ae Fond Kiss’ as a touching parting gift. It sees the events and relationships she was involved in from Nancy’s perspective. Witty, courageous, flirtatious and coy in turns, she was in many ways untypical of her period. Though almost 200 years have passed, Nancy’s story remains as poignant today as it did then.

The story is centered around the love life of Scotland’s most famous poet, Robert Burns and opens when he has just begun his climb to fame with his first book of published poems. This was in the late 1700s, a time when the written word was revered and people turned to reading and thoughtful discussion for pleasure and entertainment.

Musical Theatre: 'Clarinda' by Mike Gibb & Kevin Walsh

The heart of the play is the story of the platonic four year love affair he has with Nancy McLehose, married (although separated) and a poet. They corresponded throughout the course of the affair, using pseudonyms - Clarinda and Sylvander - to conceal their identities and prevent scandal in case the letters were intercepted. The marital status of Burns was in question when they met; he had previously married Jean Armour, a young woman who had become pregnant during their courtship. However, her father refused to accept the marriage and had it annulled. They were legally married later, when her father withdrew his opposition. Nancy, who had been estranged from her husband James for many years, left Edinburgh to join him in Jamaica hoping for a reconciliation, which failed; she remained secretly in love with Burns for years after his death.


Principals (3m, 4f)
  Robert Burns - farmer and poet
  Nancy McLehose - an estranged wife
  Jean Armour (Burns) - Burns’ wife
  James McLehose - Nancy’s husband
  Gavin Hamilton - A friend of Robert Burns
  Jenny Clow - Nancy’s maid
  Nancy (Old) - a reflective Nancy, aged 72 (cameo role)
Support (1f)
  Miss Erskine Nimmo - Nancy’s friend (non-singing role)


  1) A Great Romance Robert & Nancy
  2) Robert Burns, the Poet Robert
  3) How Soon Nancy
  4) Come Back Hame To Me Jean & Robert
  5) Auld Reekie Gavin & Robert
  6) A Terrible Man Jenny & Nancy
  7) Encounters (Part 1 and 2) Nancy & Robert
  8)  Encounters (Reprise) Nancy, Robert & Jenny
~~ Interval ~~  
  9) She Turned Away Robert
10) Came Home Gavin, Robert & Jean
11) How Soon (Reprise) James
12) Come Back Hame To Me (Reprise) Jean
13) Mine Jenny
14) A Parting Glass Robert & Nancy
15) Ae Fond Kiss Robert & Nancy (acapella)
16) One Kiss Nancy
17) Forty Years On Nancy (Old)


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  • Demo CD
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