top of page

After the Fair


(Lyrics By Stephen Cole. Music by Matthew Ward)
Full Stage Productions:
Off Broadway at the York Theatre, NYC 1999
Starring Michele Pawk
Directed by Travis Stockley
Nominated for Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off Broadway Musical
London: Kings Head Theatre, Islington 2000
Village Theatre, Seattle, WA 2000-1
Apple Tree Theatre, Chicago, IL 1997
Village Originals, Seattle WA 1998
Lyric Stage, Irving, TX 1997
Winner of 5 Dallas Theatre League Awards including Best New Play or Musical

20th Anniversary Concert 2017 at Urban Stages
Cast Album on Fynsworth Alley Records

What happens when a married Victorian British woman writes letters for her illiterate maid and falls in love with the man to whom she is writing? A romantic, literate musicalization of Thomas Hardy's short story, this award winning 4 character musical has played Off Broadway, London and all over the USA.

Winner of Five Dallas Theatre Awards including Best New Play or Musical and Best Musical Production






Watch the rave review from NY1 of the Off Broadway Production of After The Fair

"There's A Woman & What is Real" from After the Fair

Photos from the 2017 20th Anniversary Concert

Photos from the Off Broadway Production

Photos from the recording session

Photos from Village Theatre Production

Photos from London Production & Readings

Click the arrow to hear selections from the Original Cast Recording

Click here to purchase the cast Recording

"Prologue: The World at my Window"

"After the Fair"

"Between the Lines"

"There's a Woman & What is Real"

"Matthew Ward's elegant music and Stephen Cole's incisive lyrics do wonderful justice to that sentimental ol' favorite, The Day After the Fair."

Peter Filichia, Theatremania

"I would easily rank this superior score alongside the best work of Maury Yeston and very much in a similar vein as Stephen Sondheim's "A Little Night Music."

Cole's gift for writing elegant, sophisticated, romantic lyrics finds a perfect match in composer Matthew Ward's gorgeous music.  And they have another York Theatre Company dream cast of musical theatre pro's to bring this "Cyrano" like tale of literary longings to life for the listener.

Joe Stead, Chicago Stage Standard

Five Dallas Theatre Awards including Best New Play or Musical and Best Musical Production


AFTER THE FAIR in developement

after the fair 4.jpg
after the fair 3.jpg
after the fair 2.jpg
after the fair 1.jpg
bottom of page