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Wuthering Heights

by Bernard J Taylor


     
Now playing : 'Cathy!'

Please Note: Following a recent revival production, this musical
will now be revised in both script and score.
Some dialogue and some songs
will be removed to provide future customers with a tighter, more focussed production.
 
Rights will not be available until early 2017, although we will accept licence applications.

"Various other attempts at adapting Wuthering Heights for the stage have been submitted to the Brontë Society in the past, but Bernard Taylor's adaptation is the first that I have really approved of and would be prepared to support."

Dr Juliet Barker
(former Curator and Librarian of the Brontë Museum)

Wuthering Heights

The haunting image of Heathcliffe searching the moors for the ghost of
his beloved Cathy is surely one of the most eternally
passionate scenes in English literature.


This item is only available from us to customers in UK and Europe.
If you are outside this area, please click here www.bernardjtaylor.com

     

Synopsis

Mr Earnshaw, father to Cathy and her elder brother Hindley, rescues a poor starving boy from the docks of Liverpool. Heathcliff thus enters the 'House On The Hill', and the wild gypsy boy falls for Cathy, but attracts nothing but hatred from Hindley. Over the years, Cathy and Heathcliff become inseparable as they roam the moors together, but when Mr Earnshaw dies and Hindley becomes master at Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff soon begins to feel the full force of that resentment. He endures the day-to-day difficulties of living under the same roof as Hindley only because of his love for Cathy.

When Cathy is bitten by a dog owned by wealthy Edgar Linton, Heathcliff gets to meet Isabella, Edgar’s sister. She immediately becomes secretly enamoured with him, and during Cathy’s recuperation at Edgar’s house he develops feeling for her. On her return to Wuthering Heights, full of the delights that a wealthy existence brings, she finds her relationship towards Heathcliff has changed; she wants him as a friend, but wants Edgar as a husband. Distraught, Heathcliff storms off onto the moors. Cathy, still in love with Heathcliffe, follows him in order to placate him, but unable to find him she returns, bedridden with a severe chill. Heathcliffe doesn’t return, but decides to travel abroad in an attempt to forget about her.

A number of years pass in which Cathy marries Edgar receiving wealth and power, but is not really in love with him, and she begins to regret the marriage. Meanwhile, Heathcliff decides to return and try and rekindle his bond with her. On the way, quite by chance he meets Hindley at a game of cards and with Hindley drunk and boastful, Heathcliff wins the game and also wins the deeds to Wuthering Heights. Hindley advises Heathcliff that Cathy is now married, which information causes Heathcliff to reconsider his plans. He returns to Wuthering Heights where the roles are now reversed - he is the master and Hindley the tenant. Some years pass until he meets not only Cathy again, but Isabella, who is unmarried. Heathcliff becomes a frequent visitor to the Linton’s house, partly to pursue Isabella, but also to make Cathy jealous. Isabella marries Heathcliff and moves to Wuthering Heights and when Heathcliff’s true intentions are revealed, Hindley unsuccessfully tries to get Isabella to murder him.

The wild moors finally draw Heathcliff and the ailing Cathy together for a final passionate reconciliation before she dies in his arms, returning ghost-like to haunt his memory forever.

In this superb musical, Bernard J Taylor has lovingly recreated the passion and atmosphere redolent in the much-loved novel. With a title such as this, the story is immediately attractive to an audience as well as to Directors, casts and crew.


Characters

 
Principals (3m, 4f)
  Cathy -
  Heathcliff -
  Nellie -
  Older Nellie -
  Hindley -
  Edgar Linton -
  Isabella Linton -
 
Support (3m, 1f, 2jnr-m, 1jnr-f, plus chorus)
  Lockwood
  Earnshaw - Father to Cathy and Hindley
  Young Heathcliff
  Young Cathy
  Young Hindley
  Williams - a butler/manservant
  Maid
  Chorus:
   Sailors (from the male chorus)
   Docker, 1st & 2nd Women (small speaking roles only)
   Male Mourner (small solo)
   Wedding Guests 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5
   Gamblers 1, 2, 3, 4 (small solos each)
   Boy (small speaking role only)
   Crew Members
   Dancers
   Liverpool crowd, Earnshaw employees, farm people, farmhands, local villagers, Linton’s servants and estate workers, doctors & nurses, etc.

Songs

  1) Prologue Orchestra
  2) Beyond Understanding Older Nellie
  3) Liverpool Older Nellie & Chorus
  4) Goodbye Ladies Sailors
  5) Wuthering Heights Earnshaw
  6) Summers Of Childhood Chorus
  7) You Were My First Love Cathy & Heathcliff
  8) They Say He’s A Gipsy Cathy & Chorus
  9) How Soon The Winters Come Along Cathy, Heathcliff, Edgar, Woman, Male Mourner & Chorus
10) Where Is That Boy Hindley
11) Wuthering Heights Nellie & Chorus
12) Cathy! Heathcliff
13) Up Here With You Heathcliff & Cathy
14) The Life of a Gentleman Williams, Maid & Servants
15) That Gipsy Boy Isabella
16) I See A Change In You Heathcliff & Cathy
17) One Rules My Heart Cathy & Nellie
18) I Have No Time For Them Hindley
19) He’s Gone Cathy
20) Let Her Live / My Vengeance Chorus, Heathcliff, Crew Members
~~ Interval ~~  
21) The Gypsy Waltz Orchestra
22) Who Shall I Wed? Isabella, Edgar, Guest, Guests 1 - 5
23) I Belong To The Earth Cathy
24) Coming Home To You Heathcliff
25) Gambling Song Hindley, Gamblers 1 - 4
26) All For Nothing Heathcliff
27) The Pleasure Of Your Company Cathy & Edgar
28) I Can’t Believe It’s You Cathy & Heathcliff
29) I Want To Be With Him Isabella
30) Don’t Do It! (Reprise) Edgar, Isabella, Cathy, Heathcliff
31) Take This Gun Hindley
32) If Only Isabella
33) Heathcliff’s Lament Heathcliff
34) How Soon the Winters Come Along (Reprise)
Chorus, Cathy, Boy, Male Mourner, Older Nellie, Edgar & Heathcliff
35) Beyond Understanding Older Nellie, Chorus & Cathy
37) Up Here With You (Reprise) Cathy, Heathcliff & Chorus

Information for Production Administrators

Here's a list of all the supporting material available and some other information you might need. Pricing for the production materials is supplied automatically with a Perusal Set. Royalty pricing can only be provided as a formal quotation.

Available now (see below) ...
 
Preview Script/Libretto
You can download straightaway a shortened copy of the script/libretto to read and get a relatively good picture of whether you would like to proceed to the next step. The Preview E-Script is made available to you as a pdf file sized for A4 paper and contains just over half of the script.libretto.
Perusal Set
These are available for customers in European Union countries only to borrow free of charge (but you have to pay the postage to return the set to us). The set contains ...
 
  • Printed Libretto
  • Printed Piano/Vocal Score
  • Sampler Audio CD (17 selected tracks)
Available after Perusal ...
 
Libretti/Vocal Scores

Available to purchase in this form ...

  • Rehearsal Master Set on a Data CD (Cast). This contains the script and piano vocal score for your cast and crew provided as A4 pdf files. No problem about possible loss of deposit, as they are yours to print out and mark up as required. The price includes a multiple copying licence allowing you to copy the Data CD itself (enabling you to give or sell copies to your cast for them to make up their own rehearsal books) or to make multiple prints of the pdf's on the Data CD for your production company to organise and provide to your cast or crew.

To order this, create account with us, then go to the 'Ordering for Musicals' page

Please note that we do not sell individual printed copies of libretti, nor do we hire sets of printed rehearsal libretti or scores.

Available after Rights Obtained ...
 
Backing Tracks
Not available.
Orchestrations
These are available for a minimum 7 piece orchestra as below, for hire to production companies only, who hold a valid, unexpired, licence to perform. An MD's Full Score is also provided.

  Required
  • Woodwind 1 (Flute & Piccolo)
  • Woodwind 2 (Oboe)
  • French Horn
  • Trumpet (inc Flugel Horn & PiccoloTrumpet)
  • Keyboard 1
  • Keyboard 2
  • Double Bass
Optional
  • Percussion (two max)
  • Violin 1
  • Violin 2
  • Cello
Royalty Type
Royalties for this title are 'variable fee, post paid', and will be calculated on a percentage of your box office income once your production has finished. See our pricing policy for details. We work on a quotation system for royalties, based on information you supply to us. Complete a printed application form or create account with us, and use the online version.
Video Licence
We have secured the rights to video productions of this title from the Author, and we manage them on his behalf. Once a 'Licence To Perform' has been granted, and then on payment of a fee, we will be able to issue a 'Licence To Record'. There are some strings attached to this, but these are far outweighed by the benefits.
 
  • Record one or more live performances and mix down to a single video
  • Give or sell copies to your cast and crew
  • Sell copies to your audiences (take advance bookings on the night)

     

Order your free preview script or perusal material now ...
  • Perusal Set
    £0.00 Perusal Set
    PLEASE NOTE : We operate a FREE Perusal Service, but due to the cost of postage/shipping, we regret that Perusal Sets are ONLY available to customers who reside in the United Kingdom (inc Channel Islands and Isle Of Man)...
  • Rehearsal Master Set
    £0.00 Rehearsal Master Set
    Rehearsal Master Sets (RMS) are available to purchase, once your production has been licensed. You will need the 5 digit licence reference number (see above). An RMS contains (with exceptions, see below) the script and...
  • Royalty Quotation Form
    £0.00 Royalty Quotation Form
    The rights to perform and record for all the titles in our catalogue (with exceptions) are managed by Stagescripts Ltd. A royalty fee must be paid: whether the play is presented for charity or for...

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