On Stage: Ted Hughes's The Iron Woman

Later this year, the Other Palace, a London theater owned by Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Theatres Group, will stage an adaptation of Ted Hughes's children's book The Iron Woman, which first published 25 years ago as a sequel to The Iron Man, the Bookseller reported.

Carol Hughes, Ted Hughes' widow, said she approached Andrew Lloyd Webber about doing a play to mark the 20th anniversary of the poet's death "in a positive way by highlighting his writing for children and also his lifelong passion for the environment. This story of Lucy and the Iron Woman is a gripping, magical fable of what we can achieve once we, and the generations of children who follow us, realise we do have within us the power to fight back against the seemingly-relentless pollution that is blighting our lands, rivers and seas."

The play will be written by Mike Kenny (The Railway Children), with music by songwriter Pippa Cleary. It will open at the Other Palace theater October 9.

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