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Gielgud Theatre
Shaftesbury Avenue W1D 7ES
Lend Me A Tenor
Gielgud Theatre 3D location mapMap ©Silvermaze Ltd 2008 Gielgud Theatre photo Photo ©Tony Reading 2008
Show Details
Preview 2nd Jun 11
Opens 15th Jun 11
Closes 6th Aug 11
Show Times
Mon - Sat 7.30 pm
Matinée Wed & Sat 2.30 pm

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Lend me a Tenor

A classic viewing of all the Theatreland play houses by night. The authentic commentary, by Ben Shafik - a player himself - gives an authentic feel to the West End's theatres - and is backed by real music.
Next version will be more upbeat as, suggested, to celebrate Britannia's unbeatable heritage.
(Over 6000 viewings and all good reviews to date).
Let us know what you think.

A note from the author

I took these pictures to show off London theatres as they are seen -most often - by theatre goers, at night.

Thanks to Ben Shafik for his lighthearted and informative commentary and Fionn O'Lochlainn for the original music.

Watch out for the new version with current liveries and the names of the theatres as they appear.



Lend me a Tenor

Joanna Riding
Joanna Riding
The musical is Set in 1934, the muscial is a collection of songs from a selection of Irving Berlin's musical 'Top Hat' including 'Cheek to cheek'


A renowned tenor Tito Merelli, known as "Il Stupendo", prepares his most famous role, Otello. At the final dress rehearsal he is prevented from doing his part due to, being badly mistaken for someone else. He breaks down and threaten the show. When Tito is taken off there is a desperate Matthew Kellyneed to replace him at the last minute.

The musical is a full on piece of entertainment complete with lavish sets and costumes, song and dance in the old style hollywood musical. Likely to be a great night out.

News of the full company (and the costume) updated soon.


  • Matthew Kelly - Henry Saunders
  • Michael Matus - Tito Merelli
  • Damian Humbley - Max Gerber
  • Sophie Louise Dann - Diana Divane
  • Joanna Riding - Maria Merelli


  • Book Lyrics - Peter Sham
  • Music - Brad Carroll
  • Director - Ian Talbot
  • Choreography - Randy Skinner
  • Lighting - Tim Mitchell
  • Sound Design - Terry Jardine / Nick Lidster / For Autograph
  • Musical Director - Colin Billing
  • Musical supervision - Paul Gemignani
  • Produced by Martin Platt and David Elliott in association with Eileen and Allen Anes.

The company will feature:
Cassidy Janson, Gay Soper, Jane Quin, Michelle Bishop, Jemma Alexander, Karen Aspinall, Natasha J Barnes, Nick Butcher, Kelly Chinery, Sharon Eckman, Daniel Farrow, Andrew Keelan, Kara Lane, Connor McAllister, Haydn Oakley, Stephen Oliver-Webb, Ryan Pidgen, Jeremy Secomb, Emma Sewell, John Stacey, Robert Traynor and Michelle White.

Lend ma a Tenor

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