Miller to direct film of Crooked Spire musical

Published: 28 October 2020
Reporter: Steve Orme

Boosted by Arts Council England grant: The Crooked Spire

Andrew Miller has been appointed director of The Crooked Spire, Ashgate Heritage Arts’ medieval murder mystery musical which is an adaptation of Chris Nickson’s novel of the same name.

Derbyshire company AHA has been awarded a grant by Arts Council England to develop the musical which was showcased online at Buxton Fringe Festival in July 2020.

One of AHA’s directors, Martin Coslett, said, “we’re delighted that Andrew has taken on the role. He’s worked with me on a number of shows and I know he’s going to do a great job on The Crooked Spire.”

Miller has worked in the UK, the USA and Australia on more than 50 productions including Les Miserables, Titanic, Beauty and the Beast and Oliver!. In 2021, he will direct the UK première of Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

The Crooked Spire tells how John Carpenter goes to Chesterfield in 1360 to work on the new church spire. Death and intrigue strike the construction site and John is suspected of murder. He is faced with struggle to clear his name and bring the guilty to justice.

A 30-minute film will be made of The Crooked Spire, with Miller directing on location a cast who come from all over the country. The film will be shown live online on Wednesday 9 December. Further details will be released later.