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A Sentimental Journey

by Adam Rolston

C Venue 34, Adam House, Chambers Street, Edinburgh
Venue box office: 0845 260 1234 /

will be at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, C Venue 34, C -1 from Wednesday 3 to Mon 29 August 2011 at 6.05pm (ex Mon 15 Aug).

A Sentimental Journey is the story of Doris Day, one of the most prolific actresses of the 1950s and 1960s. A vivacious blonde with a wholesome image, able to sing, dance, play comedy and dramatic roles, she became one of the biggest box-office stars in the world. But behind the screen, there was a story that rivalled any script Hollywood could ever dream up. At thirteen, a car accident threatened to end her dancing career. By seventeen, she was married to a psychopathic bully. When her third husband died, a man she had been married to for seventeen years, she discovered he had left her with a debt of half a million dollars. This show has been seen for two sellout seasons at The Mill at Sonning 2009 and at London’s Wilton’s Music Hall 2010. Musical numbers include ‘Move Over Darling’, ‘The Deadwood Stage’, ‘Secret Love’, ‘Little Girl Blue’, ‘Day By Day’, ‘Que Sera Sera’, ‘Young At Heart’. The production will transfer to the El Portal Theatre, Los Angeles, November 2nd – 20th 2011. Doris Day lives in Los Angeles.

The cast includes Sally Hughes (Doris Day), Elizabeth Elvin (Alma Kappelhoff), Conor Michael Sheridan (Terry), Tom Sellwood (George Weidler/Frank Sinatra), and Nick Waring (third husband Marty Melcher). It is directed by Alvin Rakoff, choreography by Joseph Pitcher, musical director Jo Stewart, design by Eileen Diss, costumes by Jane Kidd, and lighting by Matthew Biss.

Sally Hughes has been the Artistic Director of The Mill at Sonning since 1984. Her extensive stage

career includes the musicals ‘Dames At Sea’ and ‘Too Marvellous for Words’. Conor Michael Sheridan roles include as Tom Jenkins in ‘Scrooge’ with Tommy Steele and the male singing soloist in the ‘Riverdance’ world anniversary tour. Tom Sellwood’s recent US credits include in ‘Company’, as Tony in ‘West Side Story’ and the title role in ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’. Nick Waring has been in many West End productions including in Noёl Coward’s ‘Star Quality’. Elizabeth Elvin’s credits include Simon Pegg’s ‘Hot Fuzz’ and the Award winning TV series ‘State of Play’. Adam Rolston’s new screenplay is ‘Billy’ a British comedy road movie. Virginia McKenna is scheduled to take a lead role. Alvin Rakoff has directed a dozen feature films and over 100 TV films. He has twice won Emmy Awards for ‘A Voyage Round My Father’ and ‘Call Me Daddy’. His latest novel ‘Baldwin Street’ has been published in the US. Eileen Diss has designed for many Harold Pinter and Simon Gray West End productions. She has worked extensively at the National Theatre. Joseph Pitcher’s credits include in Regents Park’s ‘The Boyfriend’ and ‘Lady Be Good’.

Wed 3 to Mon 29 August 2011(ex Mon 15 Aug) 6.05pm Running time (1hr 20 mins)
Tickets £10.50 – 12.50/ concs £8.50 – 10.50/ children £6.50 – 8.50

14 June 2011