Welcome to Ruby & the 13th Door 

an Exciting Adventure aimed at bringing the many diverse Cultures and Ethnicities in Camden together to celebrate Unity in a Fully Immersive Professional Show

A Musical … for Camden!


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A few years back...

Martyn Swain was approached by the Dorset Opera Company to write a short piece based on the little known Grimm Brothers story ‘Fairy Tell True’. 

Originally only 20 minutes long, he saw the work developing into a full-length musical, taking it away (on the advice of Decca Records in New York) from its Operatic origins into a much more commercial ‘Harry Potter’ arena. 

He workshopped the songs with various Professional Singers and members of Opera North and decided to self-fund the original performances at the atmospheric Merchant Adventurer’s Hall in York simply to see if the work was worthy of a paying audience. 

Conducted by multi award-winning Hans Zimmer orchestrator Matt Dunkley, a small live band was assembled and the ensuing live shows were deemed a big success. The live players were also augmented by a pre-recorded soundtrack to add a cinematic quality to the show. 

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a few of the plaudits