Springtime for Henry (and Barbara) explores the lives of famous sculptors @wiltonmusichall

Artist Mel Brimfield is teaming up with composer Gwyneth Herbert to present a fictitious lost musical reconstructed in fragments, centered around the lives of critically acclaimed British sculptors Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth in Springtime for Henry (and Barbara) at Wilton’s Music Hall on Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 January 2016.

Magic, mystery, and a rigorous historiographical interrogation of the modernist legacy.

Sir Henry Moore straddled the globe like a mighty colossus of Modernism, hoisting the flag for a thrilling new muscular breed of British sculpture, to the universal and enduring rapture of critics and public alike. Barbara Hepworth went to college with him.

Amidst a vivid collage of behind-the-scenes “documentary” footage, recontextualised archive material and a live TV chat show, expect heart-wrenching power ballads, toe-tapping swing-alongs and jaw-dropping show-stoppers with West End stars and world-class musicians, high-kicking chorus lines and breathtaking set design. Magic, mystery, and a rigorous historiographical interrogation of the modernist legacy.

Starring Tony Award-winner Frances Ruffelle (Les Miserables, Piaf) as Barbara Hepworth, Laurence Olivier nominee Andrew C. Wadsworth (Oklahoma, Kiss Me Kate) as Henry Moore, and Hugh Ross (Passion, Woman in Black) as The Critic. Featuring Gwyneth Herbert, her band and the Starling Arts Choirs.

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