The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Conceived by Rebecca Feldman| Book by Rachael Sheinkin| Music & Lyrics by William Finn| Additional Material by Jay Reiss| Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine| Directed by Fiona Vail| By arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe)


Performance dates

Monday, 17th September, 2018 – Saturday, 22nd September, 2018, 8.00pm


Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences worldwide with its effortless wit and humour. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this Bee is one unforgettable experience.

Played by adults, an eclectic group of six mid-pubescents compete for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home life, the tweens spell their way through a series of [potentially made-up] words hoping to never hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one winner leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.



Olive – Sallie-Anne Hurst

Marcy – Claire Sheehy

Schwarzy – Claire Goad

Rona – Fiona Vail

Mitch – Emma Berryman

Coneybear – Jessica Vautier

Chip – James Ward

William Barfee – Chris Raven

Vice Principal Panch – Richard Trantom

Additional Speller – Susannah Otley