Book by Helen Watts

Music and Lyrics by Eamonn O'Dwyer



Over the past few years our MA Musical Theatre programme has solidly established itself as the leading postgraduate training of its type, with graduates joining the casts of major musicals such as Footloose and The Addams Family, as well as the current production of Hairspray at the London Coliseum. During the pandemic, another graduate went straight into the cast of EastEnders.   

I am delighted to introduce you to this year’s cohort, in this musical adaptation of Washington Irving’s tale of a village terrified by a headless horseman – and their own prejudices. After a period of isolation, this focus on a community is a welcome return to live performance for our students. These students have shown incredible commitment, resilience and self-motivation through the pandemic, and they are more than ready to join the profession as it opens up again. If you are an agent and would like to meet with any of them, please email me at and I will put you in touch.

Enjoy the show!


Julian Woolford, Head of Musical Theatre



This production has been rehearsed and performed in Covid-safe conditions and according to Covid-secure regulations.

This recorded live production features the final year students of the MA Musical Theatre programme in collaboration with students on the BA (Hons) Theatre Production and MA Stage and Production Management programmes. Please scroll down for headshots and Spotlight links.

Suitable for all ages. Contains supernatural themes.

With special thanks to Paul Herbert, Tom Turner, The Department of Music and Media, Jon Preece, Professor Tony Myatt, Dr. John McGrath and Beibei Wang.

Cast List

Espen/ cover for Imogen: Lorna Bailey
Eva Van Brunt/ Ruth: Kiera Battersby
Drika: MaKenna DeMers
Henriette: Chloe Elliott
Willem/ Rosa: Antonia Forrest
Katrina Van Fleet: Christy Gilbert
Baltus Van Fleet/ Isaac: Jad Habchi
Martha/ cover for Katrina: Millie Harris
Hans Van Ripper/ Abel: Jonny Hewitt
Lisbeth Van Fleet/ Anika: Rebecca Ibbott
Joshua/ Markus: Tanieth Kerr
Imogen/ Rebekah: Isabella Kirkpatrick
Anna/ cover for Sabine: Liv Koplick
Sabine: Rachel Michelle
Brom Van Brunt: Ben J Packer
Ichabod Crane: Rees Parry
Father Abram: Andrew Sherman
Johan: Dan Wigmore
Esther: Jessamie Waldon-Day
Florina: Amanda Xuan
Jakob/ cover for Eva: Anthea Xydas



Piano/ Conductor: Kevin Michael Cripps
Keyboard: Tom Turner
Bassoon, Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet: Michael Madigan
Violin: Rosie Judge
Cello: Nicholas Allen
Percussion: Oliver Pooley

Creative Team

Director/ Choreographer: Racky Plews
Musical Director: Kevin Michael Cripps
Set, Costume & Projection Designer: PJ McEvoy
Lighting Designer: John Rainsforth
Sound Designer/ Sound 1: Josh Robins
Video Operator: Mark Dutton

Programme Leader: Tom Turner
Filmed by: Alex Ryland-Jones
Head of Musical Theatre: Julian Woolford
Dance Captain: Jessamie Waldon-Day
Music Captain: Millie Harris


Technical Team

Head of Technical Theatre and Programme Leader MA Stage & Production Management: Jo Franklin
Programme Leader BA Theatre Production: Sheryl-Lynne Valensky
Production Manager: Jordan Harris
Stage Manager: Anna Freire Camacho
Deputy Stage Manager: Faith Tilley
Assistant Stage Manager: Lara Borley, Elle Waldock
Wardrobe Supervisor: Charlie Povey
Hair & Make-Up Supervisor: Fiona Alexander
Scenic Arts Supervisor: Roger Ness
Workshop Supervisor: Jamie Fitzgerald
Construction Scenic Arts Team: Tom Atkin, Lauren Carr, Emily Dimeloe, Evie Redfern, Emerson Worsley
Production Electrician: Sarah Sage
Lighting Programmer/ Operator: Philip Burke
Production Sound Engineer: Robins Audio