Singular Sensations: Charing Cross Theatre

beck-ginaGina Beck – Sunday 16th October 2016 3.00pm

Gina most recently starred as Magnolia in Daniel Evan’s acclaimed production of SHOW BOAT in the West End. She appeared in FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD at the Watermill Theatre and as Glinda in WICKED at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, West End and on the US national … [Read More]

Facing The Music: A Conversation With Patricia Routledge

Patricia Routledge with Edward SeckersonPatricia 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 Olivier … [Read More]

Rodgers Revealed

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 … [Read More]

A Conversation With Dame Diana Rigg

Diana Rigg002Sunday 7th February 2016 at 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 … [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]

In Conversation and in Song with Sophie-Louise Dann

Sunday 9th November 2014, St James Studio

Sophie-Louise Dann is quite simply one of the most engaging and versatile musical theatre performers that the UK has ever produced. Anyone catching her recently in Forbidden Broadway will have marvelled at how her uncannily sharp take-offs of Elaine Paige, Julie Andrews and Angela Lansbury managed … [Read More]

A Conversation With Sir Antonio Pappano

Antonio PappanoMusic Director of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Sir Antonio Pappano, world-renowned pianist and conductor, will tell us about his extraordinary musical background and life. In discussion with well-known interviewer Edward Seckerson, he will reveal just what it takes to conduct and direct the major orchestras and opera stars of our time.

“There’s some … [Read More]


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