RGM Productions & Daniel Sparrow Productions in association with Bill Bowness, Robin Campbell, Ros Andrews and Andrew Buxton announce the West End transfer of Songs For Nobodies for a limited 7-week run. The production, written by Joanna Murray Smith specifically to showcase the extraordinary vocal ability of actress Bernadette Robinson, had its European première at Wilton’s Music Hall earlier this year and opened to wide critical and audience acclaim. This new play with songs is directed by Simon Phillips and features music from five iconic divas; Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday, Edith Piaf and Maria Callas and opens at the Ambassadors Theatre on 10 January, with previews from 7 January and running until 23 February 2019.
The uniquely talented Australian singer and actor, Bernadette Robinson performs the critically acclaimed one-woman tour de force Songs For Nobodies.
Written by award-winning playwright Joanna Murray Smith – who with Switzerland at Theatre Royal Bath and the upcoming production of Honour at Park Theatre will have three productions produced in the UK over the past year – Songs For Nobodies showcases Robinson’s astonishing talent for recreating the great singers of the past. Commissioned and directed by Simon Phillips (Priscilla Queen of the Desert – The Musical, Muriel’s Wedding, North By North West (Theatre Royal Bath) former Artistic Director of the Melbourne Theatre Company), her moving and uplifting performance has earned rave reviews across sold-out seasons, around the world.
On stage for 90 minutes accompanied by live musicians, her miraculous voice shifts from the smoky blues of Billie Holiday to the thrilling soprano of Maria Callas, via Garland, Cline and Piaf. With consummate ease, she breathes new life into the five legendary performers and the five ordinary women whose lives were changed by their brush with fame.
Joanna Murray Smith said today, “I am thrilled that Songs For Nobodies – which is so dear to my heart, will be making a West End transfer. It is testimony to Bernadette’s performance that audiences have come back over and over again to see the show because their reaction is so deeply felt and because they feel so uplifted. They laugh, cry and contemplate defining moments in their own lives, at the same time as being totally stunned by a single performer’s inspirational ability to resurrect beloved icons.”
Garry McQuinn for RGM Productions and Daniel Sparrow Productions in association with
Bill Bowness, Robin Campbell, Ros Andrews and Andrew Buxton present
Songs For Nobodies
Written by Joanna Murray Smith
Directed by Simon Phillips
Performed by Bernadette Robinson
7 January – 23 February 2019
Press night: Thursday 10 January, 7pm