Waiting For Godot
Arts Theatre 5th to 23rd September 2017
ABA International Touring UK and The Arts Theatre announce the definitive
homecoming of Samuel Beckett’s existential masterpiece Waiting For Godot
presented by AC Productions, as it returns to the home of the original 1955
production after more than sixty years when it shocked, and delighted audiences
ORIGINAL DEMO RECORDINGS OF 'HALF A SIXPENCE' TO DEBUT ON CD
Stage Door Records are pleased to announce the previously unreleased studio demo
recordings of David Heneker’s musical ‘Half A Sixpence’ will be released on
September 29th, 2017.
'Half A Sixpence' is considered one of the most iconic and enduring British
musicals of the 20th Century. The musical adaptation of H.G. Wells' novel 'Kipps'
featured music and lyrics by David Heneker with book by Beverley Cross and
opened at London's Cambridge Theatre in March 1963 starring Tommy Steele as
Arthur Kipps. On March 13th 1962 (exactly one year before the show opened in the
West End) the studio demo recordings for 'Kipps' (the then working title for the
show) were recorded at London's Olympic Studios.
Performers featured on the demo recordings include Tommy Steele, Rita Williams,
Roy Sone (Tommy Steele's understudy in the Original London production), Joanna
Rigby and writers David Heneker and Beverley Cross. Backed by the Kenny Powell
Trio, the studio demos effectively capture the magic of David Heneker's classic
score and feature many of the stand out numbers from the musical including 'If
The Rain's Got To Fall', 'Money To Burn' and 'Half A Sixpence'. The recordings
also highlight several songs which would later be cut from the show and provide
a fascinating insight into the development of the musical.
Stewart Nicholls, Theatre Director and Archivist for the David Heneker Estate
"These rare demonstration recordings for "Half A Sixpence" were discovered in
perfect condition in the garage of Composer David Heneker's family house in
deepest Wales - and hadn't been played for 55 years! They were recorded in March
1962 (exactly a year to the date prior to the show opening in the West End) and
unveil the delicious charm of the original Heneker score as well as displaying
an unusual insight into the development of a 1960s British Musical. Hearing the
writers and the original star, Tommy Steele, work through the score at such an
early - yet polished - stage is as enlightening as it is charming".
The previously unreleased 'Half A Sixpence' Studio Demo Recordings have been
digitally remastered from the studio master tapes. All tracks make their debut
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