Lucy Parham and Simon Russel Beale will take to the stage at Richmond Theatre for one night only on February 17 to perform Rêverie: The Life and Loves of Claude Debussy scripted by Parham. Reverie evokes Debussy’s complex emotional life through a personal and revealing journal, illustrated by a sequence of his most famous and atmospheric solo piano works. Simon Russell Beale, described as ‘the greatest stage actor of his generation’ by The Independent, will narrate, as one of Britain’s finest pianists and former BBC Young Musician of the Year winner, Lucy Parham is the solo pianist.
Celebrated actors who have collaborated with Lucy Parham in composer portraits include Juliet Stevenson, Harriet Walter, Simon Russell Beale, Simon Callow, Jane Asher, Jeremy Irons, Roger Allam, Henry Goodman, Dominic West, Alistair McGowan, Patricia Hodge, Niamh Cusack, Rosamund Pike, Tim McInnerny, Edward Fox, Robert Glenister, Greg Wise, Samuel West, Alex Jennings, Martin Jarvis, Timothy West, Charles Dance and Miranda Richardson.
“Lucy Parham’s trailblazing evening concerts in which she fuses music and words with the help of some of our most distinguished thespians, have become one of the must-see events on the musical calendar.” – 5 stars from BBC Music Magazine.
Lucy Parham has performed throughout the UK and Europe, South Africa, USA, Canada and Russia. As a concerto soloist with leading orchestras, she has appeared in the UK with the London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, RTE, Ulster, BBC Concert, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, London Mozart Players, City of London Sinfonia, Hallé and Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and abroad with the Russian State Symphony Orchestra at the Tchaikovsky Hall and Great Hall in Moscow, Bergen Philharmonic, L’Orchestre National de Lille, L’Orchestre Rencontres Suisse, and on three tours with the Sofia Philharmonic and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. In 2002 she joined the BBC Concert Orchestra and conductor Barry Wordsworth on a six-week 50th Anniversary tour of the USA and she has toured the UK, Mexico and Turkey with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with whom she has now given over sixty concerts. Parhams composer portrait shows include Beloved Clara, Liszt – An Odyssey of Love, Nocturne – The Romantic Life of Frédéric Chopin, Rêverie – the life and loves of Claude Debussy and Elegie – Rachmaninoff A Heart in Exile.
Simon Russell Beale is an English actor, author and music historian. Beale has been described by The Independent as “the greatest stage actor of his generation.” Beale first came to the attention of theatre-goers in the late 1980s with a series of lauded comic performances, that were on occasion extremely camp, in such plays as The Man of Mode by George Etherege and Restoration by Edward Bond at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). He broadened his range in the early 1990s with moving performances as Konstantin in Chekhov’s The Seagull, as Oswald in Ibsen’s Ghosts, Ferdinand in The Duchess of Malfi and as Edgar in King Lear. At the first annual Ian Charleson Awards in January 1991, he received a special commendation for his 1990 performances of Konstantin in The Seagull, Thersites in Troilus and Cressida, and Edward II in Edward II, all at the RSC. He has appeared in Persuasion, The Young Visiters, Dunkirk, The Deep Blue Sea and as Falstaff in the BBC made-for-television films Henry IV, Part I and Part II. He was part of the main cast of Showtime’s Penny Dreadful.
Richmond Theatre ,
Little Green, Richmond TW9 1QJ
Friday 17 Feb 2017 at 7.30pm
Tickets: £24.90 – £34.90*
In person at the Box Office: £22.00 – £32.00*
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