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Let’s Go On With The Show: Three Talks on the History of Musicals

Talks/Lectures; Series/Boxsets
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  • DURATION 3 x 60 mins
  • CAN I WATCH LATER? Yes! Sign-up and we'll email you a recording
  • HOW TO ATTEND Attendance is live via Zoom
4.7 out of 5 Average rating

I’ve advocated Mirthy right from day 1... you feel part of this community!

Anna
, reviewed on 04 Jan 2022

Fun, educational & relaxing!

Debbie
, reviewed on 28 Feb 2022

I’m glad I found you. I said this to my wife - without Mirthy, my life would be far less richer than it is now.

Martin
, reviewed on 06 Feb 2022

Event Description

We will explore the history, highlights and occasional lowlights of musicals on stage and screen, from its earliest appearance in Greek theatre through the golden age of Hollywood to the all-encompassing blockbusters of the modern stage. Each Talk starts from the slightly contentious viewpoint that there’s no such thing as musical theatre!


1) Coming Back A Star – The Broadway Musical (15 June)

The story of Musicals along the Great White Way, and how one tale of Broadway guys and their dolls became the first truly American work of art.


2) Over The Rainbow – The Hollywood Musical (June 22)

The story of how the gimmick of ‘sound’ created the most popular genre in the history of the Silver Screen.


3) Eliza, Evita & Eponine – The West End Musical (June 29)

For so long the supporting artiste to Broadway, this is the story of how the West End eventually became the star of the Musical.


  • Duration: 3 x 60 mins
  • Online Zoom event: Join from your computer, phone or tablet (a recording will be available)
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Meet the Host, Pete

Pete is the Director of The RC Sherriff Trust, a charity set up through the Will of the playwright and author RC Sherriff. Prior to this he was The Arts Development Officer for Elmbridge Borough Council where he was responsible for The Royston Pike Lecture Series. Previous to his work with Elmbridge Borough Council, Pete was co-founder and artistic director of WhirlygigArts which ran CRYPT (Cranleigh Young People’s Theatre), CMYT (Chequer Mead Youth Theatre) and The Big Picture Young People’s Film Workshop. He co-founded Storm the Stage Young People’s Theatre for Mole Valley District Council and was the Director of The Together in Waddon Community Project. He has also worked extensively as a professional theatre director and film-maker.

Preparing for the Event

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