Southwark Playhouse,
in association with Arts Collective, presents
the world premiere of

Howl’s Moving Castle

by Diana Wynne Jones
Adapted for the stage by Mike Sizemore
Directed and designed by Davy and Kristin McGuire

28 November 2011 - 7 January 2012

Show Starts 7.30pm Mon-Sat Matinee Starts 3pm (see schedule)
Running Time 70 minutes
Price £16 | £14 conc. | £50 Family Ticket | £10 previews

Howl's Moving Castle


★★★★ ‘mesmerising and groundbreaking… the perfect Christmas show… the music by Fyfe Dangerfield of the Guillemots is haunting… the story retains its integrity and originality… the projection is breath-taking… the images were amazing… Howl’s Moving Castle will be talked about as the first show from a very talented creative team which will go on to do much bigger things’ The Public Reviews

‘… a Christmas extravaganza with a difference… nothing short of breath-taking throughout… Fyfe Dangerfield’s stirring score compliments the stunning visuals perfectly… undeniably ground-breaking and technically dazzling’ Whatsonstage

‘Southwark Playhouse’s heroically ambitious Christmas show… jaw dropping snowy vistas are projected on to the impressive cardboard set… Fry’s voice is as soothing as mulled wine… Daniel Ings is deliciously mad as Howl’ Time Out Critics’ Choice

A seasonal alternative to the traditional Christmas panto!

Fusing live action and pioneering projection, Southwark Playhouse’s Christmas show will recreate the magic of Diana Wynne Jones’ classic novel in our newest performance space, The Vault. Howl’s Moving Castle will be directed and designed by Davy and Kristin McGuire (The Icebook) with original music composed by Fyfe Dangerfield (lead singer and songwriter of BRIT Award nominated British band Guillemots) and featuring narration from Stephen Fry.

Sophie is an 18 year old girl who toils in the hat shop opened years ago by her late father. One day she finds she has unexpectedly angered the evil Witch of the Waste and finds herself trapped within a spell that turns the young Sophie into an old woman.

Sophie takes shelter in the home of Howl, a strange but flamboyant wizard whose magical castle can move between various lands and dimensions powered by Calcifer, a fire demon. She embarks on a journey to break her own spell and the one binding Howl and Calcifer together only to discover that there is a lot more to heartless Howl than meets the eye.

Suitable for all ages 5 upwards!

Please Note: No shows on Christmas Eve, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day.

Cast & Creative Team

Creative Team

Directed and Designed by
Davy & Kristin McGuire

Lighting Designer
Tim Bray

Sound Designer
Jerry Ibbotson

Original Score
Fyfe Dangerfield

Associate Producer
Katherine Jewkes

for Arts Collective Ltd


Daniel Ings

Young Sophie/Witch of the Waste
Kristin McGuire

Old Sophie
Susan Sheridan

James Wilkes

Stephen Fry

Howl’s Moving Castle Production Shots by Jane Hobson

Howl’s Moving Castle

28 November 2011 - 7 January 2012