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]


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