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by Martin P Roche & Ian Crabtree

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Musical Theatre: 'Witchfinder' by Martin P Roche & Ian Crabtree
"... a genuine, full-blown show that is full-formed, with superb orchestrations ..."
"... ensembles that stir and ballads that thrill ..."
Oldham Evening Chronicle, July 2009
See also the 18 minute Story Trailer here on our YouTube Channel

The 2009 world premiere in Mossley won FIVE major regional theatre awards at the GMDF ...
  • Best Actor
  • Best Choreographer
  • Best Book & Lyrics
  • Best Director
  • Best Production


Musical Theatre: 'Witchfinder' by Martin P Roche & Ian CrabtreeIt is 1612 and Jacobean England is still reeling from the Gunpowder Plot of several years earlier and the implications it has for the people and more importantly, the King; a king obsessed by demonology and fearful of those who do not practice the faith of the state.

Against this backdrop, Witchfinder introduces the story of two young lovers from different classes, backgrounds and worlds, thrust together in a melting pot of politics and suspicion, fuelled by fear and an over zealous desire to hunt down the evildoers - whether they exist or not.

Prejudice, power, love and honour all vie for supremacy in both the corridors of power in London and the simple village life of Pendle in Lancashire, as they are pitted against each other in a struggle for truth - and survival.

This is a not just another musical. With a cast of 20 characters plus company, it has a script that has the weight and gravitas of a pure drama but with soaring songs, beautifully orchestrated. Add to this an array of powerful and absorbing characters, tracing their place in history; real people, real lives ... but with tragic and heart rending consequences. It paints a picture of humanity which is just as resonant today, encompassing life and of loss but more importantly, love and hope.

"Witchfinder left me with a buzz which, at the time of writing, is still with me."
(Joyce Pomeroy, NODA, SW Region)


Principals (5m, 3f adult, 1f junior)
James Roberts - 25/30. Army captain, strong, intense, good family, not upper class. High Baritone/Tenor
Catherine Howard - 25/35. Strong, independent and determined. Mezzo Soprano
Roger Nowell - a magistrate, desperate for power, influence and wealth. High Baritone
Thomas Potts - 30+, Clerk Of The Assizes, quiet, unassuming, studious. High Baritone.
Edward Sykes - 25/35. James's lieutenant, loyal and unquestioning. Tenor/ High Baritone
Lady Sarah Owen - 20/35. daughter of (unnamed) nobility, engaged to James. Mezzo Soprano
Alizon Device - 20-30 an uncomplicated, shy and nervous young woman, a loner. Mezzo Soprano
Josiah Wickham - 40+, a man of wit and wisdom, Falstaffian, larger than life. Baritone
Jenet Device - 9, Alizon's sister, a quiet girl initially, but later on incriminates Catherine.
Support (8m, 2f, 1m/f)
King James - 46, Studious, well spoken, homosexual, but not camp. Non-singing role
Jane - 25-60. a composite character appearing in many scenes. Mezzo Soprano
Elizabeth - 25-60, a composite character appearing in many scenes. Mezzo Soprano
Abraham Law - 20's. a simple local man, attracted to Catherine, jealous of James. Light Baritone
Privy Council (x4) - 30+. Machiavellian, with bearing and authority Tenor x2, Baritone x2
Judges (x4) - 30+, presiding at the Witches trial (can double with Privy Council). Tenor x2, Baritone x2
Servant/Herald - (m/f) any age. Non-singing role
Priest/Monk - any age. Non-singing role
Gaoler - any age. Non-singing role
Male and Female company, who play a variety of roles - Soldiers, an Usher (m), Villagers, Prisoners & Courtiers etc. (The numbers involved are flexible but as a minimum, the supporting cast, such as the King and Privy Council should double up as company (i.e., soldiers/villagers) as could Lady Sarah, Elizabeth and Jane, Herald, Servant, Priest and Abraham. There will need to be at least several soldiers to create any sense of presence and to satisfy the vocal parts). A few children in the chorus would be appropriate.


  1) Prologue / Bring Her Down Orchestra / Potts
  2) Reborn In You Alizon
  3) Just Before You Go Sarah & James
  4) The Privy Council Privy Councillors x 4
  5) Never Will Mend Nowell, Soldiers & Villagers
  6) Hubble Bubble Wickham & Villagers
  7) A Man Like You Catherine
  8) Montage Nowell, Abraham, Potts, Catherine, Alizon, James, Sykes & Chorus
  9) England Is My Home James, Sykes, Catherine & Chorus
~~ Interval ~~
10) Noblesse Oblige Chorus
11) Just Before You Go Sarah & James
12) Remember Me Potts
13) Never Complete James
14) Each Passing Year Sarah, Catherine & James
15) So Pure Sykes
16) The Prayer Male & Female Prisoners (with Priest)
17) Bring Her Down (Reprise) Usher & Chorus
18) Witchfinder's Inquisition Nowell
19) The Trial Jenet, Nowell, James, Judges & Chorus
20) You've Seen It In Your Nightmares Nowell
21) On Borrowed Time James & Catherine
22) Epilogue / Sleep Tonight James & Company

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
  • Cast Recording Audio CD (from premiere production)
  • Full Production Video DVD (of premiere production)
Available after Perusal ...
Libretti/Vocal Scores

Available to purchase in this form ...

  • Rehearsal Master Set on a Data CD. 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 for this title we do not sell printed copies of the script/libretto, nor do we hire sets of printed rehearsal scripts/libretti or scores.

Available after Rights Obtained ...
Backing Tracks
Not available.
These are available for a 12 piece orchestra as below, for hire to production companies only, who hold a valid, unexpired, licence to perform. (A 16 piece arrangement with a string section is also available).
  • Drum Kit
  • Electric Bass
  • Flute & Piccolo
  • Horn
  • Keyboard 1
  • Keyboard 2
  • Keyboard 3
  • Percussion
  • Alto Sax & Clarinet 1
  • Tenor Sax & Clarinet 2
  • Trombone
  • Trumpet
  • MD's Full Score
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 Authors, and we manage them on their 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 ...

  • Preview E-Script (Witchfinder) A4
    £0.00 Preview E-Script (Witchfinder) A4
    A free preview script containing a significant part of the full script and provided as a pdf file sized for A4 paper.
  • Perusal Set ('Witchfinder')
    £0.00 Perusal Set ('Witchfinder')
    PLEASE NOTE : We operate a FREE Perusal Service, and for this title we supply a USB stick with pdf/mp3/mp4 files of the perusal material. Customers requesting this MUST be a representative of a production company, school,...
  • Royalty Quotation Form (FL)
    Royalty Quotation Form (FL)
    The rights to perform and record for all the titles in our catalogue are managed by Stagescripts Ltd. You should not assume that a licence to perform will always be granted. Please request a quotation at the earliest...
  • Rehearsal Master Set ('Witchfinder')
    £109.99 Rehearsal Master Set ('Witchfinder')
    Rehearsal Master Sets (RMS) are available to purchase, once your production has been licensed. You will need the five digit licence reference number (see above). They are available as Dropbox Download (e-mailed...