PREVIEW: At Last It’s Summer, London Palladium

A gala concert production of the new musical will take place on the 16th April to help raise money for Parkinson’s UK.

A star-studded company will take to the stage next month to perform Clive Richard Davis’s musical At Last, It’s Summer at the London Palladium. It has been announced that Louise Dearman will star as ‘Lady Serina Stanwick, Rob Houchen as ‘Count Orilov’, Joanna Riding as ‘Countess Orilov’, Gary Wilmot as ‘Mr Wellbeloved’, Gerard Carey as ‘Gerald’, Steve Fortune as ‘Sir Garfield Sykes’, Kelly Mathieson as ‘Lady Alice Stanwick’, Shannon Rewcroft as ‘Francesca’, and with Alan Titchmarsh as the Narrator. Further casting has yet to be announced.

It’s summer 1920, and in an idyllic country estate in the leafy shires of England the Lord of the Manor celebrates his birthday. While a new love blossoms, an unexpected arrival throws the whole house into disarray as dark secrets escape the past.

Directed by Ian Talbot and with choreography by Jordan Langford, all ticket sales are in aid of Parkinson’s UK. Larry Blank orchestrates the score and will lead a 35-piece orchestra, alongside Jack Bennett as Musical Director.

Talking about the musical Clive Richard Davis said: “The story idea laid fallow in my head for years; a plot to hang some earworm melodies around.   That is where it would have stayed were it not for the gentle ribbing of chums who thought it more likely a donkey would win the Derby than that I would finish the thing, with its impossibly convoluted plot.   The challenge was set and accepted.   Sadly, one of the prime culprits is no longer with us, him having finally given up the battle with Parkinson’s.   Paul was struck down with the dreadful disease at far too early an age as was my wife’s father.   If the ticket proceeds can contribute to finding a cure for Parkinson’s I could not wish for more.”

Meanwhile, Director Ian Talbot said, “I’m thrilled to be supporting Parkinson’s UK whilst working with a fantastic team on this lovely new piece – it’s truly a breath of fresh air. Funny, romantic with some beautiful music”.

Tickets for the musical can be bought here.

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