Coram Boy

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For the play, see Coram Boy (play).

Coram Boy is a children's novel by Jamila Gavin. Published in 2000, it won Gavin a Whitbread Children's Book Award.[1] The story follows the deserted son of the heir to Ashbrook Estate, Aaron and Toby, a young boy saved from an African slave ship, as their lives become closely involved. The story is told in two sections: one takes place in 1751 and the other in 1759.

Stage adaptation[edit]

Main article: Coram Boy (play)

The book was adapted for the stage by Helen Edmundson,with music by Adrian Sutton, and played for two runs on the Olivier Stage at the National Theatre in 2005-2006 and 2006–2007,[2] also having a brief Broadway production in 2007.[3]

The play received a number of Tony Award,[4] Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award[5] nominations, and a Theatre World Award for Xanthe Elbrick in 2007.[6] Coram Boy was nominated for four Olivier Awards[7] in 2006: for Best New Play (Helen Edmundson), Best Director (Melly Still), Best Sound Design (Christopher Shutt), and Best Performance in a Supporting Role (Paul Ritter).

Coram Boy was re-staged in 2011 by Bristol Old Vic at Colston Hall, again directed by Melly Still, and featuring a cast, choir and orchestra from Bristol.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "The Whitbread Book Awards past winners complete list" (PDF). Costa Book Awards. Retrieved 2007-05-31. 
  2. ^ "Coram Boy". National Theatre. 24 February 2008. Retrieved 2007-05-31. 
  3. ^ Andrew Gans (2007-05-27). "Blue Boy: Coram Boy Closes on Broadway May 27". Playbill. Retrieved 2007-05-31. 
  4. ^ "Coram Boy Awards". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 2007-06-01. 
  5. ^ "Outer Critics Circle Awards 2006-2007". Outer Critics Circle. Retrieved 2007-06-01. 
  6. ^ Ernio Hernandez (2007-05-22). "Fantasia Barrino and Bill Nighy Among Winners of Theatre World Awards". Playbill. Retrieved 2007-06-01. 
  7. ^ "Photos: The Full List of 2006 Olivier Awards". February 26, 2006. Retrieved 2009-09-25.