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Sondheim classic revived in Putney for a worthy cause



Preview by Paul Nelson

SWANBANK Music, Putney's independent musical theatre company, is presenting Stephen Sondheim's A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum from July 8 to 12 at Putney Arts Theatre, Ravenna Road, Putney.

Swanbank regularly donate the proceeds of their shows to charity, their total at present running into some £50,000.

Proceeds from this musical will go to The Shooting Star Trust who are building a Children's Hospice at Hampton.

The plot of the musical revolves around Pseudolus, a slave to Hero, who will do almost anything to gain his freedom.

Hero has fallen madly in love with a beautiful courtesan, Phyllia. He promises Pseudolus his freedom if he can arrange a marriage with Phyllia. Pseudolus agrees but does not foresee the tangled web he is about to weave!

Featuring gorgeous courtesans, handsome Roman soldiers, Hero's domineering mother and henpecked father, the musical is packed with laughs and great songs, including 'Comedy Tonight'.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum was one of Broadway and the West End's biggest hits and starred Frankie Howerd in the London production.

Swanbank President, actress Liz Fraser, will be attending Friday evening's performance to show her support for this worthy cause and to draw the nightly raffle which includes some wonderful prizes.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Presented by Swanbank Music from July 8 to 12 at Putney Arts Theatre at 7.45pm, nightly with a matinee at 2.30pm, on July 12. Tickets 020 8286 0229.

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