The Ragged Child


The Ragged Child


Book by  Jeremy James Taylor and Frank Whately
Music by  David Nield
Lyrics by  Jeremy James Taylor and Frank Whately


Two Acts, Book Musical, Rated G
National Youth Music Theatre

The plight of the homeless and the impoverished is examined through the eyes of abandoned and abused children in mid-19th century London. A cobbler and a philanthropic Earl struggle against the ignorance of the poor, the indifference of the rich and the unforgiving wheels of blind justice to educate and improve the fortunes of 13-year old Joe Cooper and the other "Ragged Children" of London.

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Anyone Can Whistle marked the Broadway Musical debut of Angela Lansbury in the role of the corrupt Mayoress Cora Hoover Hooper. She has gone on to win four “Best Actress In A Musical” Tony® Awards.

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