Group aims to pay tribute to musical theatre composer

Strictly Sondheim
Strictly Sondheim

One of the most beloved musical theatre genuises will be marked in a series of performances by a group in Market Harborough.

Market Harborough Musical Theatre is to perform Strictly Sondheim, which will see some of lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s work performed. He is most well known for writings the lyrics to West Side Story and Gypsy.

Among the most familiar of his own works which will be performed by the group include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd and A Little Night Music - Send in the Clowns from the latter was made popular by Barbra Streisand. Also to be performed is Comedy Tonight, which was the opening number for the famous musical farce A Funny Thing, starring Frankie Howard as Pseudolus the Roman slave embroiled in his master’s love affairs.

Songs from other lesser known musicals include Company, Assassins, Merrily We Roll Along, and Sunday in the Park with George amongst others.

A spokesman for the group said: “Many of Sondheim’s works are thought provoking and sometimes dark, but there is plenty of comedy in this production to keep everyone entertained.

“With solos and full company numbers, this promises to be a lively and melodic show with appeal for all age groups.”

Rod Iliffe is in charge of the music and Dylan Atkinson and Hannah Brown are cutting their teeth as joint directors and choreographers, having gained lots of experience as performers with societies in the area and in Leicester Curve productions.

Strictly Sondheim is being played at Harborough Theatre from Tuesday September 29 to Saturday October 3, with performances starting at 7.30pm each night..

Tickets are £10 - £12, available online from

Alternatively they can be bought in person by visiting Jessica Mary Flowers in Abbey Street or by calling the box office on 07967 252823.