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Sondheim’s classic take on marriage

A scene from CCADS's production of Company

A scene from CCADS's production of Company

It was so successful, they’re heading back to Hayling Island again.

Eyebrows were raised when, in 2012, CCADS took Radio Times to the island’s Station Theatre.

But it was a triumph, garnering rave reviews, so now they’re heading over Langstone bridge once more.

This time the Portsmouth-based group is travelling with the 1970 Stephen Sondheim musical comedy Company.

It’s an entertaining, witty and ultimately touching look at modern marriage and relationships in New York seen through the eyes of 35-year-old bachelor Robert.

Company features one of the sharpest books and finest scores of songs including Being Alive, You Could Drive a Person Crazy and The Ladies who Lunch.

These new dates for Company follow a sell-out, multi-award-nominated and winning 2013 Chichester run of the show with the same cast and production team.

CCADS artistic director John-Paul McCrohon recreates his double Guide Awards-nominated performance as Robert. He is joined in the cast by a selection of top local talent including three recipients of The Guide Awards Best Actress accolade – Helen Stoddart, Sally Goddard and Kerry McCrohon, who has received the Best Actress award twice from The News.

Chichester College’s head of popular music and regular CCADS musical director Daf Hughes leads the onstage band.

This accessible production promises to be a treat for newcomers to the show as well as Sondheim aficionados.

They will receive the added bonus of the inclusion of Tick-Tock, the dance number which stopped the show in the original production but has rarely been seen on stage since.

Company runs from April 9-12 (7.30pm with a 2pm Saturday matinee). Tickets: £12 from (023) 9246 6363 or hayling-dramatics.hampshire.org.uk.

 

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