COMPARING NOTES – Pizza Express Live Holborn


Damian Humbley

Sunday 22nd April 2018 2.00pm

Comparing Notes brings stars of the West End and Broadway to PizzaExpress Live Holborn. In a lively and informal mix of performance and conversation host Edward Seckerson gets up close and personal with these musical theatre luminaries, exploring the stories behind the songs and the personalities behind … [Read More]

DAME PATRICIA ROUTLEDGE: Facing The Music – A Life in Musical Theatre

Patricia Routledge with Edward SeckersonDame Patricia Routledge trained not only as an actress but also as a singer and had considerable experience and success in musical theatre, both in this country and in the United States of America.

Her many awards include a Tony for her Broadway performance in the Styne-Harburg musical “Darling of the Day” and a Laurence … [Read More]



As we begin the centenary of his birth in 2018, Leonard Bernstein enthusiasts Edward Seckerson and Tony Award nominated arranger, composer and musical director Jason Carr are joined by Olivier Award nominee Sophie-Louise Dann to celebrate the musical superman who bestrode the Broadway stage as whole-heartedly and adeptly as he did the world’s great concert … [Read More]

A Conversation With DAME SIÂN PHILLIPS

img_0447Dame Siân Phillips is a celebrated and much loved Welsh star of stage and screen, acclaimed for her scheming Livia in I Claudius (Best Actress BAFTA), her portrayal of Marlene Dietrich in Marlene (UK and USA) and most recently in Les Blancs at the National Theatre . Dame Siân returns to the Royal Welsh College, … [Read More]


Richard RodgersRichard Rodgers aficionados Jason Carr, Edward Seckerson and Olivier Award nominee Anna Francolini celebrate arguably the greatest and most versatile popular melodist of them all.

This intimate and musical evening will explore the life and music of the extraordinary Richard Rogers: the backstage stories, his demons and struggles, the very different relationships he … [Read More]

A Conversation With ELAINE PAIGE

Elaine Paige Newbury 2Thursday 19th May 2016 11.30am, The Chapel Sydmonton Court

The Festival is thrilled to welcome Elaine Paige – actress, singer, producer, radio presenter and mega-star of musical theatre – to stunning Sydmonton Court, the private home of Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Award-winning Elaine Paige has starred in more smash-hit West End and Broadway musicals than anyone … [Read More]

A Conversation With DAME DIANA RIGG

Diana Rigg002Sunday 7th February 2016 3.00pm, St James Theatre

Dame Diana Rigg is one of our most distinguished actresses and has had an extensive, award-winning career in theatre, film and television.

Dame Diana trained at RADA, made her professional stage debut in 1957 in The Caucasian Chalk Circle, and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company two … [Read More]

A Conversation With PATRICIA HODGE

Edward Seckerson with Patricia HodgePatricia Hodge is one of Britain’s most popular and versatile actresses. Her distinguished career on stage, film and television ranges from Shakespeare to comedies and modern classics.

Her most recent stage appearance was in the West End revival of Noel Coward’s Relative Values. What is perhaps less well known is her work in musical theatre, … [Read More]

A Conversation With RENÉE FLEMING

Renee Fleming Humanitas Visiiting Professor OxfordRenée Fleming, as part of Ms Fleming’s Humanitas Visiting Professorship in Opera Studies at the University of Oxford, November 2013.

The discussion flowed from Edward’s opening question: ‘What makes now a different time to be a singer than in the past?’

Drawing on her professional experience and personal insights, Ms Fleming touched on issues … [Read More]

A Conversation With MAUREEN LIPMAN


Maureen Lipman, the much-loved and extraordinarily versatile actress who made a sitcom of a commercial and whose stage work has ranged from Olivier’s National Theatre and the musicals of Leonard Bernstein and Rodgers and Hammerstein to a now classic reincarnation of Joyce Grenfell appears in conversation with Edward Seckerson.

Joyce will be there in … [Read More]


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