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Sydmonton Festival

Sydmonton Festival

The Sydmonton Festival is a Summer arts festival held periodically at Andrew’s Hampshire country house, Sydmonton Court, where a variety of exclusive previews are presented to a private audience of people from theatre, television and film in order to gauge the future potential of the works. Performances take place in a deconsecrated church in the grounds and include some of the finest entertainment talents.


Roger Allam (2003)
Clive Anderson (1988)
Kevin Anderson (1992)
Rod Argent (1977/79/80/81/82/86/94)
Rosie Ash (1986)
Rowan Atkinson (1987)
Michael Ball (1988/91)
Isobel Barnet (1978)
David Bellamy (1996)
Charles Benson (1994)
Don Black (1993/95)
Colin Blunstone (1981)
Raymond Blanc (1996)
Gary Bond (1977/80/84/94)
Betty Boothroyd MP (1996)
Max Boyce (1988)
Melvyn Bragg (1989)
Sarah Brightman (1983/84/85/86/89/94)
Michael Broadbent (1979)
Derren Brown (2003)
David Caddick (1977/81/83/84/85/86)
Jackie Clune (2003)
Kevin Colson (1991)
Gemma Craven (1980)
Richard Curtis (1985/86/93)
Shonagh Daly (2002)
Nigel Dempster (1993)
Anita Dobson (1993)
Frank Field (1989)
Catrin Finch (2003)
Maria Friedman (1985)
David Frost (1985)
Stephen Fry (1987/92/2005)
Phillip Glenister (2002)
Howard Goodall (1985)
Leon Gossens (1977)
Lord Gowrie (1984)
John Selwyn Gummer (all 22 Festivals until 2000)
Chloe Hanslip (2002)
Anne Hathaway (2003)
David Hemmings (1989)
Jon Hiseman (1977/79/80/81/82/84/86/94)
Frankie Howerd (1977)
Derek Jameson (1985)
Aled Jones (1988)
Paul Jones (1979/83)
Laura Michelle Kelly (2003)
Nigel Kennedy (1980/83)
Bonnie Langford (1982)
Stephanie Lawrence (1981)
Simon Lee (2000/01/03/05)
Rev. Brian Leathley (1992/93/94)
Canon Don Lewis (1978/79/80/81/82/83/84/ 87/88/89/90/91/93/94/96)
John Lill (1976/81/84)
Julian Lloyd Webber (1975/76/77/79/87/94/2002)
W.S. Lloyd Webber (1981/82)
Christopher Luscombe (2003)
Patti LuPone (1992)
Robert Maxwell (1985)
Nellie McKay (2005)
The Rt. Hon David Mellor QC MP (1995)
Bob Monkhouse (1994)
Sheridan Morley (1990)
Frank Muir (1976/77/79)
Robert Nesbitt (1989)
Paul Nicholas (1980/82)
Elaine Paige (1982)
Tris Penna (2002/04/05)
Claire Rayner (1994)
Anneka Rice (1995)
Tim Rice (1976/86/90/2005)
Andrea Ross (2005)
Frances Ruffelle (1991/95)
Ken Russell (1987)
David Schofield (2002)
John Sessions (1990)
Rev. Donald Soper (1983)
Victor Spinetti (1991)
Alvin Stardust (1986)
Arianna Stassinopoulos (1976)
Richard Stilgoe (1982)
Kiri Te Kanawa (1998)
Barbara Thompson (1977/79/80/81/82/84/86/94)
Jack Tinker (1992)
Denise Van Outen (2002)
Bobby Vee (1996)
Josie Walker (2000)
Auberon Waugh (1989)
Marti Webb (1979/80/83/94)
Colm Wilkinson (1985/94)

First performances at previous Sydmonton Festivals

EVITA by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, audio-visual presentation of the original recording (1976)

VARIATIONS by Andrew Lloyd Webber (1977)

BYRON Gary Bond as Byron, directed by Richard Digby-Day (1977)

SEE ISRAEL’S GENTLE SHEPHERD by W.S. Lloyd Webber (1977)

NUNC DIMITTIS by Rod Argent (1978)

JEEVES TAKES CHARGE Edward Duke’s one-man show (1979)

TELL ME ON A SUNDAY by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black (1979)


CATS by Andrew Lloyd Webber and T.S. Eliot (1980)

MISSA BREVIS setting by Michael Stuckey (1980)

MASQUERADE by Rod Argent (1981)

DUKE a Duke Ellington Anthology by Derek Jewell (1982)

STARLIGHT EXPRESS by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Richard Stilgoe (1982)

ASPECTS OF LOVE A Cabaret by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Trevor Nunn (1983)

REQUIEM by Andrew Lloyd Webber (1984)

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Richard Stilgoe (1985)

CAFE PUCCINI by Robin Ray (1985)

GIRLFRIENDS by Howard Goodall and Richard Curtis (1985)

CRICKET by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice (1986)

LOVE SONGS by Charles Hart (1987)

ASPECTS OF LOVE by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black and Charles Hart (1988)

WHICH WITCH by B. Adrian, I. Bj (2)rnov and H. Hampton (1989)

LA BETE by David Hirson (1990)

SUNSET BOULEVARD a Cabaret by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black and Amy Powers (1991)

SUNSET BOULEVARD the complete musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black and Christopher Hampton (1992)

TYCOON the English version. Adaptation and lyrics by Tim Rice, music by Michel Berger (1992)

EUROVISION by Tim Luscombe, original music by Jason Carr (1993)

GOD KNOWS by Stanley Price, adapted from the novel by Joseph Heller (1993)

YUSOPOV by James McConnel and Kit Hesketh Harvey (1994)

RICKY NELSON – TEENAGE IDOL adapted by Mike Read (1995)

WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jim Steinman and Patricia Knop (1995)

BY JEEVES by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Alan Ayckbourn (1996)

THE BEAUTIFUL GAME by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton workshopped at the Cambridge Theatre, London, under the umbrella of the Sydmonton Festival in Exile (2000)

ADDRESS UNKNOWN by Kressman Taylor (2002)

TELL ME ON A SUNDAY (extended version) by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black with additional material by Jackie Clune (2002)

THE CREDEAUX CANVAS by Keith Bunin (2003)

THE WOMAN IN WHITE by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charlotte Jones and David Zippel (2003)

THE LIKES OF US by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice (2005)