The Witches of Eastwick


Book & lyrics JOHN DEMPSEY music DANA P. ROWE
Based on the novel of the same name by John Updike

The Witches of Eastwick is a 2000 musical based on the 1984 novel of the same name by John Updike. It was adapted by John Dempsey (lyrics and book) and Dana P. Rowe (music), directed by Eric Schaeffer, and produced by Cameron Mackintosh.

About the show

The story is based around three female protagonists, the ‘Witches’ Alexandra Spofford, Jane Smart, and Sukie Rougemont. Frustrated and bored by their mundane lives in the town of Eastwick, a shared longing and desire for “all manner of man in one man” comes to life in the form of a charismatic stranger, a devil-like character, Darryl Van Horne. Seducing each of the women in turn Darryl teaches them how to further expand the powers locked within, though their new unorthodox lifestyle scandalises the town.

As these powers become more sinister and events spiral out of control, the women come to realise that Darryl’s influence is corrupting everyone he comes into contact with and resolve to use their new-found strength to exile him from their lives.


Darryl Van Horne – Lyndon Perry
Alexandra Spofford – Julie Easter
Sukie Rougemont – Lucy Gamble
Jane Smart – Lucy Maden
Felcia Gabriel – Liz Berrisford
Clyde Gabriel – Guy Benson
Jennifer Gabriel – Laura Barker
Michael Spofford – Adam Daniels
Little Girl – Hannah Parker

Carl Unwin
Cheryl Mills
David Perkins
Gemma Farnell
Benjamin Hardy
Holly Easter
Anita Benson
Amy Julian
Aaron Murray
Hannah Osgood
Hayley Farnell
Jack Hardy
Nicole Ray
David Cripps-Rainford
Aimee Chilton
Jack Barsby
Sally Davey
Laurie Trott
George Stackhouse
Rachel Clarke


Director – John R. Lewin
Musical Director – Vicki Hing
Choreographer – Michael Gamble

Stage Manager – Adrian Wray
Lighting Design – Robert Bridges
Flying – Mick Frost, Hi Fli
Sound Engineers – Total Theatre
Set Design – Scenic Projects
Costumes – X3 Costumiers
Wigs – RB Wig Creations

Follow spots – Andy Bulmer, Edward Howick
Fly tower – Jake Peters
Crew – Craig Butterworth, Benjamin Hardy, Paul Hopkin, Tom Horriban, Lynne Leeming, Nick Maden, David Perkins, Sue Ray, Carl Unwin, Dave White, Anja Zeman
Get-in crew – Tony Hannell, Paul Leeming

Programme/poster design – Benjamin Hardy
Photographers – Steve Abell, Keith Thomson
Child licensing – Laura Barker
Chaperones – Rachel Gaffen, Nicola Speight
Band Call Technician – Ian Steane

House Manager – Therese Zamirkska, Julie Trasler
House Assistants – Carl Bateson, Lee Costelow, Kevin Gould, Sean Hickling, Deb Howick, Eva Jackson, Paul Leeming, Vicky Mee, Julie Robinson, Jayne Sanderson, Helen Smith, Mel Swift, Charlotte Willson

Reeds – Judith Casterton, Bob Greenlees
Trumpet – Phil Reckless
Horn – Lilla Stennent
Trombone – Becky Moss
Keyboards – Jon Orton, Gareth Wynne
Drums – Brian Rodwell
Guitar – Peter Fines
Violin – Mike Shaw
Cello – Chris Dunn
Bass – Graham Johnstone


Photography credit: Steve Abell