The world premiere of Ivor Novello’s final musical, “Valley of Song”, performed at the Finborough Theatre in January 2014. Lily, the leading soprano in a little Welsh valley, and David, the local choirmaster, are destined to be together. But when Lily is offered the chance to explore her dreams in Venice, and with the world descending into war, what really matters in their lives?
“It’s no easy thing to mount a musical on a shoestring – and thanks to a downstairs refurbishment, London’s Finborough is something of a no-man’s-land at the moment. Yet arriving at the ideal juncture of the Great War commemorations, Benji Sperring’s premiere puts the case commendably well for an old-fashioned show that’s hugely nostalgic even by Novello’s standards.”