Star-studded cast to appear in At Last It’s Summer on stage at the London Palladium
A star-studded company will appear on stage at the London Palladium in a West End Gala charity concert of a new musical, At Last It’s Summer by Clive Richard Davis.
Directed by Ian Talbot, and with choreography from Jordan Langford, At Last It’s Summer will be staged at the London Palladium on Sunday, April 16 at 7.30pm, with all ticket sales in aid of Parkinson’s UK.
Louise Dearman will star as Lady Serina Stanwick, Rob Houchen as Count Orilov, Joanna Riding as Countess Orilov, Gary Wilmot as Mr Wellbeloved, Gerard Carey as Gerald, Steve Fortune as Sir Garfield Sykes, Kelly Mathieson as Lady Alice Stanwick’ Shannon Rewcroft as Francesca, and Alan Titchmarsh as the Narrator.
Larry Blank will lead a 35-piece orchestra, alongside Jack Bennett as musical director.
Born and raised in the suburbs of west London, the show’s originator Clive Richard Davis never left the keyboard alone for long during a career spanning several decades.
Partial retirement provided the time to complete the music and story behind At Last, It’s Summer.
Mr Richard Davis said: “The story idea laid fallow in my head for years; a plot to hang some earworm melodies around.
“The challenge was set and accepted.
“Sadly, one of the prime culprits is no longer with us, him having finally given up the battle with Parkinson’s.
“If the ticket proceeds can contribute to finding a cure for Parkinson’s I could not wish for more.”
Parkinson’s is the fastest growing neurological condition in the world, around 145,000 people in the UK have been diagnosed with the condition.
Huge breakthroughs have been made in the last 50 years, but there is still no cure and current treatments are not good enough.
Kirsty Berrigan and Rebecca Landolt, Heads of Regional Fundraising at Parkinson’s UK, said: “We are so grateful to Clive Davis for taking on this incredible fundraising effort for Parkinson’s UK.”
“Without the generosity of people like you, our work would not be possible.”
Picture: Gary Wilmot Picture: cALIS
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