Ivor Novello’s last musical, Valley of Song, left incomplete at the time of his death in 1951 and completed by his longtime collaborator Christopher Hassall, is to get its professional world premiere at London’s Finborough Theatre, with performances commencing 5th January 2014, before its official opening on 6th January, running through to 25th January 2104.
Valley of Song, is part of the Finborough’s “Celebrating British Musical Theatre” series, and will be directed by Benji Sperring, and feature a cast that comprises Matthew Lloyd Davies, Richard Mark, Amira Matthews, Jill Nalder, Ross McNeill, Harrison Rose, Philippa Tozer, Katy Treharne, Carla Turner and Sandy Walsh.
Set in a world of optimism on the eve of the Great War, Valley of Song is said to be a “homage to Wales – Novello’s homeland – and a touching farewell to the music of his youth. Set in the Welsh Valleys in 1913, Nan Brewster is the largest landowner in the valley and supports the local valley choir, run by choirmaster David. David’s love for Lily, his leading soprano, creates beautiful music for the choir. But when Lily is given an opportunity to sing in Venice, she jumps at the chance, and into the arms of Ricardo, a wealthy count set on making her an international star. But, by opening night, it becomes clear that Ricardo’s intentions are not entirely honourable. As Europe is plunged into the First World War, how much is David willing to sacrifice for the woman he loves”
Produced by Tarquin Productions in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre, the show features lyrics by Christopher Hassall, book by Phil Park with music adapted and arranged and additional material composed by Ronald Hanmer. It is designed by Jacob Hughes, with choreography by Sally Brooks, lighting by Nic Farman and musical direction by Adam Morris.
Part of the Finborough Theatre’s
Celebrating British Music Theatre and THEGREATWAR100 series’
Valley of Song
Director Benji Sperring
Cast: Laura Allen – Ensemble, Katie Arundell – Ensemble, Amelia Clay – Ensemble, Lee Van Geleen – Ensemble, Linford Hydes – David, Matthew Lloyd Davies – Gwilim, Richard Mark – Ricardo, Amira Matthews – Maria, Jill Nalder – Olwen, Ross McNeill – Ensemble, Harrison Rose – Ensemble, Philippa Tozer – Ensemble, Katy Treharne – Lily
Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays 5th, 6th, 7th January 2014
Sunday, 12th January – Saturday 25th January 2014
Tuesday 17th December 2013