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Standing ovations as Lichfield Garrick marks first ten years

July 11, 2013

YellowBrix

THEATRE THE Lichfield Garrick has celebrated its tenth anniversary in style with a West End and Broadway spectacular.

The sell-out show on June 30 was produced by the Lichfield Garrick's chief executive and artistic director Adrian Jackson and featured four of London's West End musical theatre stars: Claire Moore, Rachael Wooding, Alasdair Harvey and Matt Rawle.

The 40-piece City Concert Orchestra was also on fine form and provided the sparkling orchestral backing.

Angela Rippon hosted the evening with style and gave the audience an insight into each musical with cast interviews and fascinating behind the scenes anecdotes.

The audience were treated to two hours of stirring show tunes from Miss Saigon, The Lion King, Evita, Sunset Boulevard, Cabaret, Beauty and The Beast, Martin Guerre and The Phantom of The Opera to name a few.

The evening climaxed with a show-stopping medley from Les Miserables, a show which everyone on stage had at some point starred in and which earned a standing ovation.

And as a special surprise, seven members of the Lichfield Garrick Youth Theatre, who performed in the Youth Theatre's sell-out production of the schools edition of Les Miserables earlier this year, were invited on stage to perform alongside the West End stars in an amazing reprise of One Day More to a second standing ovation from the audience.

Garrick's director of operations and marketing, said: The evening was a huge success and a marvellous way to celebrate 10 years of the Lichfield Garrick. It was wonderful to see the members of the Youth Theatre performing alongside Adrian, the cast and orchestra in the concert's finale. I'm sure the young performers will cherish the moment for many years.

To end the evening in style, the audience enjoyed a complimentary glass of fizz, courtesy of Carlsberg Brewery.

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