Marcus Lovett in Whistle Down the Wind

Marcus Lovett in Whistle Down the Wind

Whistle Down the Wind is based on a 1961 British film, starring Hayley Mills, which was, itself, based on a book by Hayley's mother, Mary Haley Bell. It tells of a group of English north-country farm children who believe the stranger hiding in their barn may be Jesus. This photograph shows Marcus Lovett as the Man. It was Hayley's father and Mary Haley Bell's husband, film star John Mills, who suggested the subject to Andrew Lloyd Webber. He and his wife saw an amateur production in Edinburgh and told Lloyd Webber he should see it, as it worked well as a musical. Lloyd Webber said he couldn't go as his wife was expecting a baby. 'You can always have another baby', Mills told him. 'But it's your last chance to see the show. It finishes tomorrow.' Lloyd Webber flew to Scotland, saw the show and immediately signed up the rights.