"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.

  • - Arthur
  • - King Lot / King Uther
  • 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.

  • - Gwen
  • - Scintillata / Wenlock
  • - Lady of the Lake / Footman Carac
  • - Merlin
  • - Director
  • - Writer
  • - Writer
  • 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.

  • - Designer
  • - Lighting Designer
  • - Sound Designer
  • Rosie Purdie - Assistant Director

    Rosie Purdie

  • - Costume Supervisor
  • - Casting Director
  • - Production Manager
  • 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