In 1739 Thomas Coram established his Foundling Hospital, a home for unwanted children. Into this world fall Aaron and his best friend Toby, one the unknowing heir to a vast fortune and the other rescued from an African slave ship.

Aaron’s gift for music exposes both boys to the dark underbelly of Georgian society. Soon they are on a dangerous journey to unravel their pasts and forge their destinies.

Based on Jamila Gavin’s Whitbread Children’s Book of the Year Award-winning novel, Coram Boy is a gripping family saga that exposes an era blighted by slavery and the ill-treatment of children.

Nottingham’s beautiful Albert Hall, with its iconic Binns Organ, provides the perfect backdrop to Coram Boy’s soaring choral score. Two professional actors, with over 70 community performers, will bring to life this epic tale of heartbreak and redemption.

Artistic Director Adam Penford, following his highly acclaimed production of The Madness of George III, directs this tale of the power of music and the unbreakable bond of parent-child love.


Director Adam Penford
Designer Kevin Jenkins
Sound Designer Adam P McCready
Musical Director Alex Patterson
Lighting Designer Will Welch
Choreographer Emma Lewis-Jones
Organist John Keys
Associate Director  Jack Quarton


“It was captivating, and I almost didn’t want the interval to happen…. this was one of, if not the best play I have ever seen.”
“an astonishing, accomplished production of a difficult and demanding story, with a hugely talented community cast”
4 rating
East Midlands Theatre
“As far as community productions go, this goes above and beyond the norm…there’s much to appreciate and applaud.”
4 rating
Always time for Theatre
“This is what local theatre is all about. It brings people together and creates friendships between the most unlikely of people…. they have given us a very special piece of theatre.”
Kev Castle Theatre Reviews