Critics are raving about... Songs for Nobodies, now transferring to the West End

04 Jan
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Author: Staff
Bernadette Robinson

Just a few days until SONGS FOR NOBODIES returns, transferring to the West End for a strictly limited season. Why did critics go crazy for Bernadette Robinson in this one-woman spectacular last year at Wilton's Music Hall? We've rounded up the rave reviews - time to get booking! (And don't miss our competition or Terri Paddock's post-show Q&A!)

On stage for 90 minutes accompanied by live musicians, renowned Australian singer and actor Bernadette Robinson breathes new life into five legendary performers - Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Edith Piaf, Billie Holiday and Maria Callas - and five ordinary women whose lives were changed by their brushes with these famous women.

The piece, commissioned and directed by Simon Phillips, was written specifically for Robinson by award-winning Australian playwright Joanna Murray-Smith, whose hit play Switzerland precedes SONGS FOR NOBODIES at the Ambassadors. This ‘tour de force’ transfers for a limited West End season following its European premiere in 2018 at Wilton’s Music Hall and international touring success.

Songs for Nobodies runs from 9 January to 23 February 2019 at the West End’s Ambassadors Theatre, West Street, London WC2H 9ND, with performances Mondays to Saturdays at 7.45pm, Thursday and Saturday matinees at 3pm. Tickets are priced £25-75. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!

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Review highlights

The Times - ★★★★
Ann Treneman: "Murray-Smith has written a clutch of intriguing mini-plays (they are too intricate to be mere vignettes) in which a 'nobody” meets a 'somebody'. It provides a flash of knowing and feels very intimate."
The Stage - ★★★★
Paul Vale: "A tightly crafted showcase for the singular vocal talent of Bernadette Robinson... Robinson’s intense, compelling performance walks a tightrope between cabaret and conventional drama."
The Reviews Hub 
Maryam Philpott: "Inventive and engaging... In the hands of Bernadette Robinson, Murray-Smith’s unusual combination of real lives and brilliant musical performance really sparkles."
Everything Theatre - ★★★★
EJ Robinson: "A delight of an evening; entertaining monologues interspersed with powerfully performed songs... A joy to behold... Robinson had the audience hooked."
Theatre Weekly - ★★★★★
Greg Stewart: "A few minutes in to Bernadette Robinson’s extraordinary performance, you realise this is something entirely different... You feel like you are listening to a piece of history unfold right in front of you... A truly magnificent performance."
Spy in the Stalls - ★★★★
Steve Sparrow: "Highly recommended... A rare opportunity to see and hear the terrifically talented Australian Bernadette Robinson in this country... I left the theatre feeling privileged to have witnessed such a talented actor giving an exceptional performance."
WhatsOnStage - ★★★★
Alun Hood: "This spellbinding solo performance by Australian Bernadette Robinson, in which she doesn't so much impersonate as channel five iconic vocalists, is the stuff of legend... This is very special."
LondonTheatre1 - ★★★★★
Catherine Francoise: "In a truly virtuosic performance, Robinson embodies Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Billy Holiday, Edith Piaf and Callas... Classy, sophisticated and supremely accomplished.:
West End Wilma -★★★★
Nicole Darrell-Batten: "The stories are navigated by the incomparable Bernadette Robinson, a powerhouse of an actress and singer who slides from character to character with a polished composure. Robinson is a magical vocalist at the core but also an uncanny impressionist."
Live Theatre - ★★★★★
Viola Patrick: "The central jewel of Songs for Nobodies is the remarkable talent of Bernadette Robinson. Many singers have interpreted the stars in song but Robinson takes their portrayal to a higher artistic level with the addition of the narrative."
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