The Genius of Gershwin, a pre-festival performance
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In our specially commissioned two-act tribute to George and Ira Gershwin, we celebrate the wit and melodies of the brothers from Brooklyn who created some of the most memorable songs ever written. With performers Henry Goodman, Issy van Randwyck and Clive Rowe; musical direction and arrangements by Michael Haslam and script by Stewart Permutt – join us for an unforgettable evening of dazzling songs and the scintillating stories behind them.
Henry Goodman is a multi-award-winning actor, twice recipient of the Laurence Olivier award and winner of the London Critics’ Circle Award. He has recently starred in Trevor Nunn’s Volpone.Issy Van Randwyck
Issy Van Randwyck is a triple Olivier Award nominee. Recent theatre work includes Closer Than Ever (Offie Award nomination), Ravingand A Further Education (Hampstead Theatre) . TV and film credits include The Danish Girl, Hippopotamus, Partners in Crime (BBC) and Christopher and his Kind (BBC). She has been acclaimed for her recent role in A Further Education at the Hampstead Theatre.Clive Rowe
Clive Rowe has been in show business for nearly 29 years. His work spans theatre, TV and a teeny-tiny bit of film. From comedy, drama and the classics to musical theatre, one could say that he has his fingers in many pies, which could account for his size. But his greatest love is singing.Michael Haslam
Michael Haslam is a musical director, conductor and pianist. He is also a skilled arranger and orchestrator. He has worked extensively in the West End, at the National Theatre and on tour in the UK and abroad.Stewart Permutt
Stewart Permutt was winner of a Fringe First Award at Edinburgh for Real Babies Don\'t Cry. Other work includes Unsuspecting Susan starring Celia Imrie, Many Roads to Paradise and, most recently, Love and Lust In Lewisham.