IMPORTANT – Updated Holders Season 18th to 27th March 2010

A boutique experience at one of the world’s most attractiveboutiquefestivals – seven exquisite and varied events in The Little Theatre, Holders. All of the variety associated with Wendy Kidd’s renowned Season of performance in the grounds of Holders House – jazz, blues and classical music, theatre and comedy to die for

All images courtesy Corrie Scott

All images courtesy Corrie Scott

Thursday 18th March: The Great Hollywood Stars

The silver screen comes to the Little Theatre. Clive Hischhorn was the theatre critic for the UK’s Sunday Express from 1965 to 1996. The author of numerous books on the great Hollywood studios and on some of the movie greats, Hirschhorn tells the extraordinary stories of the global phenomenon that is Hollywood and of some of its iconic figures across the decades – Garbo, Garland, Gene Kelly and many others – complete with extensive film clips.

Friday 19th March: The Classical Piano with James Rhodes

The joy of James Rhodes is the way he reaches out to young, unconverted audiences by throwing them into classical music’s deep end – Beethoven, Bach – with performances of such natural ease and brilliance that no one can resistGeoff Brown, The Times.

A young master of the classical piano – who came to his instrument by the most unusual of routes with no formal academic musical education or dedicated mentoring. James Rhodes dispenses with the ‘straitjacket’ approach to classical music. On stage he interacts with his audience, sharing his thoughts on the music and the composers and focusing on the immersive experience that classical music can offer. James invites you to join him in an evening of Bach, Beehoven and Banter. A must hear!

Saturday 20th March: Shakespeare – As you like him

Actor Bruce Morrison conjures up the world of the bard – an evening in the company of some of William Shakespeare’s greatest speeches, most raucous humour, and highest tragedy.

Bruce Morrison’s command of the stage is in itself Shakespearean in scope…he mixes the pathos and beauty of Shakespeare’s poetry as well as its rougher and downright funny edges



Monday 22nd March: A letter from Australia – with novelist Kathy Lette

Linking in with the Lancaster Art Gallery’s show of Australian Aboriginal work, the Holders Season welcomes one of Australia’s wittiest and most successful authors, Kathy Lette. Having started life as a singer with The Salami Sisters, Kathy now divides her time between full time writer, demented mother, and trying to find a shopping trolley that doesn’t have a clubbed wheel. Kathy first achieved succés de scandale as a teenager with the novel Puberty Blues, now a major motion picture. Bring your funny bones….

Late in the Garden….

Followed by the first of two opportunities to hear the extraordinary talents of Madagascan musician Modest Hugues – the annual Holders showcase of great African musical talents.

Tuesday 23rd March: The Memory of Water

The Gale Theatre of London and Barbados in association with the Holders Season presents a staged reading of ‘The Memory of Water’, an Olivier award winning comedy by Shelagh Stephenson. A poignant, touching – and very funny – play about three sisters who convene for their mother’s funeral. The production features Olivier award winning actress Suzan Sylvester amongst its cast and Calypsonian, Anderson “Blood” Armstrong. Produced by Melissa Simmonds and directed by Thom Cross.

Blessedly and mercurially funny….Stephenson, a mistress of comic anguish, is clearly a real find.’ The Guardian

The Memory of Water will open in the Frank Collymore Hall on April 10th and 11th at 8pm. For further details please go to

Wednesday 24th March: A Tribute to Bing Crosby

Following the huge success of An Evening with Frank Sinatra in 2009, Holders welcomes another of the greatest of all superstars, Bing Crosby. Bing, of course, can’t actually be with us, but top London West End artist Ian Casey can. Together with pianist and musical director Don Hunt – who worked with Crosby – play the music and tell the tales of an extraordinary phenomenon who sold over half a billion records.

Late in the Garden

A second opportunity to hear the stunning music of Madagascan musician Modest Hugues

Friday 26th March: Jazz Double Bill – Ian Shaw and Liane Carroll

Holders' Season 2009 - All Corrie Scott Photos, many tks!

Holders' Season 2009 - All Corrie Scott Photos, many tks!

Two fine international jazz artists parade their skills singly and severally – the hugely versatile Ian Shaw delivers his tributes to the likes of Joni Mitchell with bravura and panache, whilst fireball Lianne Carroll ‘swings like hell one minute and is brutally heart breaking and expressive the next’. A musical feast to savour.

Saturday 27th March: Little Theatre Gala Night with Mica Paris/Kit & the Widow

A magnificent double bill to close the season, the traditional Gala taking on a new and special shape. Picnicking around the pool will refresh the palate between two fantastic performance sets variously by Holders favourites Kit and the Widow, and chart topping UK soul/R ‘n B star Mica Paris with her band. Kit and the Widow have caused more howls of delight and hilarity than any act in Holders’ history, whilst Mica Paris is guaranteed to wind up proceedings with her mighty voice and personality to match

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