News: Janie Dee, Haydn Gwynne and Joanna Riding join Gareth Valentine for Tales of a Musical Director

Renowned musical director, arranger and raconteur Gareth Valentine has announced a three night residency which will see him return to Crazy Coqs at Brasserie Zédel, after his two sold out performances at the venue in 2022, for his one man show ‘Tales of a Musical Director’ with special guests two time Olivier award winner Janie Dee (Follies, The Motive and the Cue NT, Sondheim’s Old Friends), BAFTA, Olivier, Tony award nominee and Drama Desk winner Haydn Gwynne (The Great British Bake Off Musical, Billy Elliot, The Audience, The Crown Netflix, The Windsors Channel 4) and two time Olivier Award winner Joanna Riding (Follies NT, Sondheim’s Old Friends, Gypsy).

In a fully penned, anecdotal evening of hilarious stories and music, Gareth Valentine weaves through some of his personal and often hysterical reflections at the piano from his humble Welsh beginnings to his 40 year career in theatre and showbusiness. Described as ‘Mr Music’ by Victoria Wood, hear hilarious stories from Kander and Ebb to Stephen Sondheim, Roger Moore to Ian McKellen, Chita Rivera to Judi Dench, Trevor Nunn, Hal Prince, Gillian Lynne, Stephen Schwartz to the incomparable Miriam Margolyes, all accompanied by some specially composed music for the evening.

Regarding the upcoming appearances Gareth says:

‘I am delighted to be returning for a three night residency after my two sold out performances at Crazy Coqs in 2022 and to have these three world class and awarded talents joining me on alternative evenings is an absolute privilege. It’s fun, full of surprises and everything you can imagine that makes for an entertaining evening, come join us’

Gareth will be joined by Janie Dee on Monday 10th April, Haydn Gwynne on Tuesday 11th April and Joanna Riding on Wednesday 12th April. The performances will also include a special contribution from Broadway legend Chita Rivera.

The evening is devised and directed by Conor Sheridan.

Tickets for the production can be bought at

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