"totally magical" ★★★★ The Stage

"a delight from start to finish" Daily Echo

"a highly enjoyable, spellbinding production" British Theatre Guide

"one magical show worth seeing this Christmas" The Reviews Hub
 

Enter the enchanting, mythical kingdom of Camelot and discover the magical legend of Merlin this Christmas!

Young squire Merlin is struggling to keep his extraordinary and unruly magic powers under control, and the gutsy Princess Gwen proves that she might just be the bravest of them all.

Join childhood friends Arthur, Gwen and Merlin as they embark on an action-packed journey of a lifetime, encountering powerful magic forces, mystical characters and adventures beyond their wildest dreams.

This musical play combines exquisite, quick-fire storytelling with new music by Rob Castell (BAFTA-nominated, Officially Amazing, CBBC).

Photo credit: Luke MacGregor

 

Although there is no relaxed performance of Merlin, our Front of House staff have had autism awareness training and there is a visual story to download. If you have any queries, please contact Tracey Cruickshank, Connect Manager or Clare White, Theatre and Events Manager.

Download the visual story here.

Nuffield is kindly supported by Autism Hampshire

Video : Merlin - Audience reactions

See what our audiences are saying about Merlin!

Video by Ben Mills

  • Rob Castell - Garotte / Ludlow & Composer / Musical Director

    Rob Castell

    Rob Castell is an actor, writer and musician. Known primarily for his work with Barbershopera, he has in recent years performed his own work at Trafalgar Studios, Soho Theatre, Plymouth Drum and on tour, winning the Best Actor award at the DIMF festival in South Korea in 2010.

    He played Pop on the International Arena Tour of We Will Rock You, Pablo the Matador on E4’s Playing It Straight and Chris in the 2013 British Feature Film Meet Me On The Southbank.

    He played Leon in a new adaptation of Madame Bovary at the Hope Theatre in Islington as part of the HopeFull Rep Season in August 2014. He was the understudy for Kevin Bishop in Fully Committed, a one-man comedy with 37 characters at the Menier Chocolate Factory in October 2014, and played Rudolph and The Prince in The Snow Queen at the Nuffield Theatre last Christmas. In addition to performing, he writes and performs the songs for BAFTA-nominated CBBC show Officially Amazing and has co-written a new full-scale musical which has been optioned by a leading international producer.

  • Fred Lancaster - Arthur

    Fred Lancaster

    Fred trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

    Theatre credits include: The Deep Blue Sea (Watermill Theatre), Closer To Walk (St James Theatre), The Silver Tassie (National Theatre), Henry V (West End), This House (National Theatre), The Winters Tale (Mercury Theatre Colchester), Private Resistance (Eastern Angles Spring Tour), Fallujah (Cockpit Theatre), Silent Night (Theatre 503).

    Television credits include: Inside the Titanic (Discovery Channel), Secret Diary of a Callgirl (ITV).

  • Joshua Manning - King Lot / King Uther

    Joshua Manning

    Joshua graduated from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

    In theatre, most recently Joshua played Donovan in The End of Something at the Old

    Vic and the title role in Roald Dahl's The BFG at the Birmingham Rep.

    Other credits include: As You Like It (Stafford Festival Shakespeare, Sweeney Todd ( Royal Exchange and West Yorkshire Playhouse), I Didn't Always Live Here (Finborough

    Theatre), The Magistrate (National Theatre), The Deep (Tobacco Factory, Bristol),

    Orphans (Trafalgar Studios), King Lear (Rose Theatre), TheProvoked Wife (Greenwich Playhouse), Twelfth Night (Drayton Arms Theatre), Bash (The Lansdown, Bristol), Fleeing The Nest/Coming to Terms (Brunch Plays,Highgate and Hightide Festival.

    Film and television credits include: Doctors (BBC), Muppets Most Wanted

    (Disney), Brief Intermission (3rd Eye Productions), Intergalactic Kitchen (BBC).

    Radio credits include: Romeo and Juliet. Joshua also records regularly for Radio 4.

  • James McGregor - Alternate King Lot / King Uther

    James McGregor

    James trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

    Theatre credits include: Other Desert Cities (English Theatre, Frankfurt), The Final Revelation of Sherlock Holmes (The Pleasance), Robin Hood (The Globe, Borough Market), Profumo: The Musical(Waterloo East), Dinner (Barons Court Theatre), A Midsummer Nights Dream (The Globe, Borough Market),The Hairy Ape (Southwark Playhouse), The Alchemist (White Bear), The Merchant Of Venice(Rose Theatre), Hamlet Smith (Southwark Nursery Festival), The Eight: Reindeer Monologues (Above The Stag), Palace Balls (Jermyn Street Theatre).

    Television and film credits include: Stu (Stuart) & Ollie (Once Upon A Time), Angel of Decay (October Films, Discovery), Cerberus (SweetDoh), Our World War (BBC), Foyles War (ITV), Pride (feature), The Great Train Robbery (BBC), Obsession: Dark Desire (October Films, Discovery), Miracle Landing On The Hudson (Raw, Nat Geo), Emmerdale (ITV), Waking The Dead (BBC).

    Radio and voice-over credits include: 2 Pipe Problems (Radio 4), The Tate Movie Project (Aardman), voice of Swiss Development Group (PRCo) and Orphans In Need (SweetDoh).

    James is currently developing a one man show based on The Cage, a true story by Tom Abraham.

  • Kayla Meikle - Gwen

    Kayla Meikle

    Theatre credits include: Streets (Waterloo Vaults), Sweeney Todd, The School of Night, Hamlet, Love and Bottle, The Lightning Play, The Revenger's Tragedy, The Walworth Farce, The Wood Demon, Elektra, Some Explicit Polaroids, The Country Wife (LAMDA).

  • Aryana Ramkhalawon - Scintillata / Wenlock

    Aryana Ramkhalawon

    Aryana Ramkhalawon is from Lincolnshire and trained at the Guildford school of Acting .

    Theatre credits include: Secret Garden (Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto and Royal Festival Theatre, Edinburgh), Twelve (Birmingham MAC, Rich Mix, Watermans), Half and Half (Wales Millennium Centre).

    TV credits include: Waterloo Road (BBC), Jamillah and Aladdin (CBBC), Lawless-Drama Matters (Sky), Doctors (BBC), Crime stories (ITV), Bollywood Carmen (BBC 3 Live).

    Short films include: Lilli's Got Talent, The Other Woman.

  • Sophie Reid - Lady of the Lake / Footman Carac

    Sophie Reid

    Theatre credits include: Once (Phoenix Theatre), The Brontes of Dunwich Heath and Cliff (Eastern Angles), Into the Woods, The Three Penny Opera, Tommy, Watertight, (Royal Conservatoire Scotland), White Christmas (Pitlochry Festival Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bard in the Botanics), and Little Voice (City Theatre Company).

    Television credits include: Doc Martin (Buffalo Pictures, ITV), Game of Thrones (HBO), Gary Tank Commander (BBC), Hedz (BBC Scotland).

    Film credits include: Beauty and the Beast (Disney), Further Education (Jump Start Productions), The Band (Chaos Productions), The Trouble Downstairs (Short Film).

  • Adam Welsh - Merlin

    Adam Welsh

    Adam trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

    Theatre credits include: Lippy (Dead Centre, Young Vic), Spring Awakening (Headlong), (S)quark (Dead Centre, Tolstoy Estate, Russia), War Horse (West End), Twelfth Night (Minack), The Silver Tassie (Druid, Lincoln Center, New York), Dreamboats & Petticoats (UK Tour, West End), Skellig – The Opera (Sage, Gateshead), The Killing Game (BAC), West Side Story in Concert (Barbican).

    Adam is a founder member of the OBIE Award winning company ‘Dead Centre’.

  • Liam Steel - Director

    Liam Steel

  • Ollie Birch - Writer

    Ollie Birch

  • Ella Hickson - Writer

    Ella Hickson

  • Rob Castell - Composer / Musical Director

    Rob Castell

    Rob Castell is an actor, writer and musician. Known primarily for his work with Barbershopera, he has in recent years performed his own work at Trafalgar Studios, Soho Theatre, Plymouth Drum and on tour, winning the Best Actor award at the DIMF festival in South Korea in 2010.

    He played Pop on the International Arena Tour of We Will Rock You, Pablo the Matador on E4’s Playing It Straight and Chris in the 2013 British Feature Film Meet Me On The Southbank.

    He played Leon in a new adaptation of Madame Bovary at the Hope Theatre in Islington as part of the HopeFull Rep Season in August 2014. He was the understudy for Kevin Bishop in Fully Committed, a one-man comedy with 37 characters at the Menier Chocolate Factory in October 2014, and played Rudolph and The Prince in The Snow Queen at the Nuffield Theatre last Christmas. In addition to performing, he writes and performs the songs for BAFTA-nominated CBBC show Officially Amazing and has co-written a new full-scale musical which has been optioned by a leading international producer.

  • Yannis Thavoris - Designer

    Yannis Thavoris

  • Andy Purves - Lighting Designer

    Andy Purves

  • Phill Ward - Sound Designer

    Phill Ward

  • Rosie Purdie - Assistant Director

    Rosie Purdie

  • Sian Harris - Costume Supervisor

    Sian Harris

  • Polly Jerrold - Casting Director

    Polly Jerrold

  • David Ferrier - Production Manager

    David Ferrier

  • Marina Kilby - Company Stage Manager

    Marina Kilby

  • Tamsin Withers - Deputy Stage Manager

    Tamsin Withers

  • Jade Gooch - Assistant Stage Manager

    Jade Gooch

  • Aly Fielden - Wardrobe Mistress

    Aly Fielden

  • Charles Parry - Sound Operator

    Charles Parry