Australian star Bernadette Robinson, Olivier Award-nominated this year for one-woman Songs for Nobodies, revisits the five divas from that show plus a few more 'surprise guests' as she returns to London with her new concert Songs of Bernadette. It's at The Pheasantry two nights only this month on 16 and 17 September 2019... when audiences will have a rare opportunity to be part of a new live recording.
Bernadette Robinson’s London performances in Songs For Nobodies first at Wilton's Music Hall and then, earlier this year, at the Ambassadors Theatre earned the show an Olivier Awards nomination, introduced her as a new star on the West End and gained her legions of London fans including celebrities such as Kathy Lette, Maureen Lipman and Sandi Toksvig.
Alone on stage, Robinson played the five “nobodies” of the title as well as the five iconic singers of the 20th century whose orbit they briefly entered: Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Edith Piaf, Billie Holiday and Maria Callas. The Times called her “a jaw-dropping talent”. The Telegraph, recalling her portrayal of Callas singing Vissi D’arté from Puccini’s Tosca, commented: “It’s so sublime, it’s like a shot of morphine; for a blissful few minutes, all the cares of the world are gone.”
Now, Robinson is back in London for a series of special dates. Following nights at Crazy Coqs Live at Zedel in August, she presents her new solo concert, titled Songs of Bernadette, at The Pheasantry on the King's Road in Chelsea, where the performances will be recorded for a brand-new live album.
The concert showcases Robinson’s remarkable voice in a broader range of material than Songs For Nobodies. In this concoction of musical delights, Robinson pays tribute to the same five legendary performers as well as others such as Shirley Bassey and Eartha Kitt; presents songs by contemporary songwriters; and introduces some surprise guests (think Barbra Streisand and Julie Andrews).
Songs of Bernadette runs for two performances (90 minutes) only at 7pm on 16 and 17 September 2019 at The Pheasantry, Pizza Express, 152 King’s Road, London SW3 4UT. Tickets are priced £20. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
Songs for Nobodies
Songs for Nobodies was specially written for Bernadette Robinson by multi-award-winning Australian playwright Joanna Murray-Smith and directed by Simon Phillips, formerly artistic director of Melbourne Theatre Company. After success in Australia, it had its European premiere at Wilton's Music Hall in 2018 before transferring to the West End's Ambassadors Theatre in January 2019 for a seven-week season.
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Back by popular demand
Bernadette Robinson has returned to London for a series of engagements, which started with two nights in August at Crazy Coqs at Brasserie Zedel in the West End. Who else was there?