The British Musical was triumphant in the 1920s and 30s when Noel Coward and Ivor Novello dominated the West End. However, the arrival of Oklahoma in 1948 changed everything. For the next 30 years, audiences flocked to see the big American shows. Nonetheless, there were British successes. Composers like Julian Slade, Sandy Wilson, David Heneker and of course, Lionel Bart had enormously popular shows. Then, in the 1970s and 80s Andrew Lloyd Webber established the British musical as an international force.
Lecturer Malcolm Jones has lectured at the V and A and was workshop and Events Manager at the V and A Theatre Museum in Covent Garden. He was responsible for many theatre talks and workshops and has interviewed leading British actors and directors including Kenneth Cranham, Barry Cryer, June Whitfield, Jude Law, Zoe Wanamaker and Don Black.
Malcolm has lectured and led workshops at numerous venues in London, the UK and America and has contributed as a speaker on theatre on many television and radio programmes.
This promises to be an entertaining and interesting day.
Monday 2nd December 2019 at 11am and 2pm
Venue : Blackwell Grange Hotel Darlington. DL3 8QH
Non-members welcome. Morning lecture £10, afternoon lecture £8, payable on the door.
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