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Published on Feb 23, 2010
This was a major BBC TV production in the Christmas of 1973 starring Beryl Reid, Ian Sharrock and Leonard Whiting. It has since become a mini classic performed by thousands of schools and amateur drama societies in the UK and overseas.
Smike was created by EastEnders composer Simon May in collaboration with Roger Holman and Clive Barnett in 1973. Simon and Roger were writing partners at the time and Simon and Clive were teachers at Kingston Grammar School.
The musical was written as a school project for Kingston Grammar School and premiered at the Surbiton Assembly Rooms in the summer of 1973.
'Smike' a pop musical freely based on "Nicholas Nickleby", is the story of a group of restless school-children who go back in time to the world of Charles Dickens and see for themselves that there are advantages in living in the twenty first century.
Licence to perform Smike must be obtained from Josef Weinberger Ltd., 12-14 Mortimer Street, London W1T 3JJ.