A performance by Gordon Peters of the iconic songs of Michael Flanders and Donald Swann.
Who these days would pay to watch a West End musical that had no scenery, two grey curtains as a backdrop and a cast that admitted to hiring their suits from Moss Bros? In the 1950s one of the biggest hit shows consisted of two men in dinner suits, a piano and an audience singing along with the chorus of a song about an hippopotamus. Flanders and Swann were an unusual act. Michael Flanders was bearded and confined to a wheelchair, whereas Donald Swann, at the piano, had a boyish intellectual look and was referred to by his partner as ‘an all round egghead’. Although their material was humorous neither considered themselves comedians. Flanders thought himself a writer of comic songs and Swann said of him that he was “at once a poet, an actor and a master of a very curious skill – spontaneous improvisation”. They performed all over the world, and Swann translated much of their material into foreign languages. Irrespective of the host country, they were always met with enthusiasm while singing about things that were particularly British – like the weather, trains, workmen and snobbery. Gordon and his accompanist, David Carter, relive those days adding their own inimitable interpretation of the songs.
Tickets can be purchased from Gordon direct on 0208 399 2915; on the door on the night (doors open at 6.30pm); and by clicking on this link. All tickets are £14; concessions £12 (children under 14/senior citizens over 60).
More information about Gordon can be found on his website, http://www.gordonpeters.co.uk/
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