What fictitious lost musical is this? It’s springtime, not for Hitler this time, but for British sculptors Sir Henry Moore and Dame Barbara Hepworth.
Artist Mel Brimfield has teamed up with composer Gwyneth Herbert to “reconstruct” Springtime For Henry (And Barbara) over two nights at Wilton’s Music Hall, presenting the piece as a series of fragments focussed on the artists’ lives.
Sir Henry, we are told, “straddled the globe like a mighty colossus of Modernism, hoisting the flag for a thrilling new muscular breed of British sculpture, to the universal and enduring rapture of critics and public alike”.
Meanwhile Dame Barbara Hepworth, who went to college with him, “languished in his long shadow – just a little woman chipping away at an impossible dream”.
Starring Tony award-winner Frances Ruffelle (Les Miserables, Piaf), Olivier award nominee Andrew C Wadsworth (Oklahoma, Kiss Me Kate) as the artists and Hugh Ross as The Critic, the production also features Herbert and the Starling Arts Choirs.
The audience at the Wapping venue can expect a vivid collage of specially shot documentary footage, archive material, a live TV chat show, heart-wrenching power ballads, toe-tapping swing-alongs and jaw-dropping show-stoppers, apparently. It promises magic, mystery and a rigorous interrogation of the modernist legacy.
Various times January 26-27, from £10, Wilton’s Music Hall
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