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Pepys' Show

Ages 7-14
Keystages KS1-KS3
Cast Size 25-40
Duration 45 - 60 Mins
Musical Styles Classical, Madrigal, Music Hall, Shanty, March, Ballad and Waltz, Pop
The Great Fire of London and Plague

The great Fire of London and the Plague are brought to life with extracts from Samuel Pepys' diary. With a colourful variety of songs, dances, characters, costumes and backdrops, this historical musical takes us 350 years back in time. Learning about everyday life in the swinging 1660s certainly makes us appreciate modern times!
We meet street beggars enjoying the free wine provided to celebrate Charles II's Restoration. Life is usually tough for them, whereas, judging by Mrs Pepy's shopping list, better-off classes consume huge amounts of food. The aristocrats are even more extravagant – Lord Snuff and Lady Merryjig compete with their elaborate clothes –despite the vermin lurking beneath. Personal hygene hasn't been invented yet, as we can see with Doctor Dipsy Doodle's remedies 
The Puritans' predictions that it will all end in disaster come true. In 1665 the Plague strikes, killing over a hundred thousand poeple. Those who can leave the City but Samuel Pepys stays on to record the sorry sights he sees. The Great Fire follows in 1666, destroying much of the City. But a cleaner, safer London is built, with magnificent designs by Christopher Wren.

These tracks will be uncut once the digital version of this musical is purchased...

  • 01 Pepys' Show
  • 02 The King Is Back
  • 03 Dance Of The Rats And Fleas
  • 04 I Ain't Never 'ad A Barth In Me Life
  • 05 Bring Out Your Dead (Funeral March)
  • 06 Doctor Dipsy-Doodle
  • 07 Vagabond And Scallywag
  • 08 (Music Intro) Dance Of The Flames
  • 09 Merry Ferryman
  • 10 The Great Fire Of London
  • 11 Has Anybody Seen Our House_
  • 12 Followers Of Fashion
  • 13 Old Betsy's Back
  • 14 Pepys' Show (Reprise)

Teacher's Book & CD: Book includes full script, character list, curriculum-linked material, sheet music and lyrics. CD includes all songs recorded with children’s voices and full backing tracks.

Digital Downloads: Get started straight away with a PDF version of the script and MP3s of all of the songs and backing tracks (only available when you purchase the Book & CD Pack). Where available, a complimentary abridged version of the script is also included.

Please select from Teachers Book with or without the digital download.

Performance Licence: You need a performance licence to perform our show to anyone other than children and staff. Our licences are simple and straight forward, one price allows you to perform the show as many times as you like for a whole year.

Audio/Video Licence: If you plan to film your performance and manufacture DVDs for distribution, stream content on an internet site or on social media, you will also need to purchase this licence.

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Ages7-14
KeystagesKS1-KS3
Cast Size25-40
Musical StylesClassical, Madrigal, Music Hall, Shanty, March, Ballad and Waltz, Pop
CharactersSamuel Pepys, Town Crier, Mrs Pepys, Jane, Dr Dipsy-Doodle*, Thomas Faryner, Baker’s Maid Aristocrats: King Charles ll, Queen Catherine, Lord Mayor, Ferryman*, Lord Snuff* & Lady Merryjig* & others Puritans: Mr & Mrs Worthy*, Worthy Children ; Street People: *Betsy Beggit, *Polly Pincher, *Katie CockleBilly Barrow, Farmer Field & others; Chief Rat*, Chief Flame* Class Choruses: Aristocrats, Street People, Trades People, Puritans, Oarsmen, Rats, Fleas, Flames
Duration45 - 60 Mins
Musical StylesFanfare, Music Hall, Baroque, Ballad, 2-part singing, Rock and Roll

The great Fire of London and the Plague are brought to life with extracts from Samuel Pepys' diary. With a colourful variety of songs, dances, characters, costumes and backdrops, this historical musical takes us 350 years back in time. Learning about everyday life in the swinging 1660s certainly makes us appreciate modern times!
We meet street beggars enjoying the free wine provided to celebrate Charles II's Restoration. Life is usually tough for them, whereas, judging by Mrs Pepy's shopping list, better-off classes consume huge amounts of food. The aristocrats are even more extravagant – Lord Snuff and Lady Merryjig compete with their elaborate clothes –despite the vermin lurking beneath. Personal hygene hasn't been invented yet, as we can see with Doctor Dipsy Doodle's remedies 
The Puritans' predictions that it will all end in disaster come true. In 1665 the Plague strikes, killing over a hundred thousand poeple. Those who can leave the City but Samuel Pepys stays on to record the sorry sights he sees. The Great Fire follows in 1666, destroying much of the City. But a cleaner, safer London is built, with magnificent designs by Christopher Wren.