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Sunday nights at the Novello Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE West End’s Novello Theatre is hosting two Sunday night shows – a gala performance of A Love Letter to Dan and a concert aptly entitled Glamorous Night: The Musicals of Ivor Novello.

A Love Letter to Dan on Sunday, July 16, 2006, is in memory of the King’s Head Theatre’s founder, Dan Crawford who died in July last year.

Taking part will be more than 50 top artists, all of whom appeared in productions at the King’s Head Theatre early in their careers. They include Don Black, Lionel Blair, Steven Berkoff, Peter Bowles, Clare Burt, Tom Conti, Janie Dee, Anita Dobson, Richard E Grant, Patricia Hodge and Celia Imrie.

As well as Lesley Joseph, Bonnie Langford, Denis Lawson, Maureen Lipman, Joanna Lumley, Ewan McGregor, Julia McKenzie, Kim Medcalf, Sheridan Morley, Michael Praed, Frances Ruffelle, Sally Ann Triplett and many more.

Tickets: £25 to £100 (top-price seats include access to the after-show party with the cast). Proceeds will be donated to the King’s Head’s Raise the Roof Campaign.

Glamorous Night: The Musicals of Ivor Novello on Sunday, September 10, 2006, celebrates the music of Ivor Novello who lived in a flat above the theatre for 38 years – from 1913 to 1951 – and for whom the theatre is now named.

Included in the performance will be music from Glamorous Night, The Dancing Years, King’s Rhapsody, Gay’s the Word, Careless Rapture, Perchance to Dream, Arc de Triomphe and Theodore and Company.

The concert will star sopranos Marilyn Hill Smith and Shan Cothi, tenor Rhys Meirion, West End stars Rosemary Ashe and Richard Reynard and violin soloist Gillian Findlay. All will be accompanied by Sinfonia Britannia and its Emmy Award winning music director George Daugherty.

Tickets: £25 to £55

The musical Footloose is currently playing at the Novello.
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