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A Sentimental Journey

Adam Rolston

Wilton's Music Hall

Graces Alley, Off Ensign Street, E1 8JB
Box Office: 020 7702 2789
10 mins walk from Tower Hill or Aldgate East tube stations
DLR Tower Gateway
Buses: D3, 115, RV1, 100, 79, 42, 15, 25, 205, 254

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 rivaled 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 ran for an 8 week sell out season at The Mill At Sonning last spring. Musical numbers include ‘Move Over Darling’, ‘The Deadwood Stage’, ‘Secret Love’, ‘Little Girl Blue’, ‘Day By Day’, ‘Que Sera Sera’, ‘Young At Heart’.

The cast includes Sally Hughes (Doris Day), Glyn Kerslake (Geroge Weidler/Frank Sinatra), Ian McLarnon (Terry), Elizabeth Elvin (Alma Kappelhoff), Mark Halliday (Marty Melcher). It is directed by Alvin Rakoff, with choreography by Joseph Pitcher musical director Jo Stewart, design by Eileen Diss, costumes by Jane Kidd, and lighting by Filippo de Capitani.

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’. Glyn Kerslake was in Trevor Nunn’s production of ‘Sunset Boulevard’, and other West End productions include in the title role in ‘The Phantom of the Opera’, in ‘Les Miserables and Ms Saigon.. Ian McLarnon has been in many West End musicals including Sondheim’s ‘Passion’ and ‘Sunday In the Park With George’ and ‘Les Misérables’. Mark Halliday has appeared extensively in the UK, USA and Europe as Dean Martin in ‘The Rat Pack’. Elizabeth Elvin’s credits include in Simon Pegg’s ‘Hot Fuzz’& the Award winning TV series ‘State of Play’. Adam Rolston’s new screenplay ‘Billy’ a British comedy road movie, is currently at the casting stage.

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 currently designed Harold Pinter’s ‘The Caretaker’ at Trafalgar Studios Joseph Pitcher’s choreography credits include Regents Park’s ‘The Boyfriend’ and ‘Lady Be Good’.

Running time: 2 hrs 10 mins
Eves Tues to Sats 7.30pm , Mats Sat & Sun 2.30pm
Tickets: £16.50 previews, £23.50 all other performances

9 March 2010