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LONDON CALLING (article first published : 2001-07-22)

The Rhumbelow Shellhole in Umbilo is beginning to make a name for itself as an entertainment venue.

Coming up from August 3 to 5 is London Calling, a nostalgic musical evening featuring Anthony Stonier and Carole Trench linked with delightful patter from Noel Coward. It includes favourites such as I'm Getting Married in the Morning; Waiting at the Church; Wouldn't it be Luverly; As Long as He Needs Me; London Pride; We'll Meet Again; Consider Yourself and Uncle Harry.

Anthony Stonier has notched up a varied and successful career, appearing in such productions as the award-winning Frank 'n Stein, Winnie The Pooh, numerous Cellar adult pantomimes, Piaf, Brel, Aznavour and Down to Eartha. He has been musical director and composer for local productions including Rainbow, Romeo & Juliet, Peter Pan and The Dream.

Carole Trench began her career working as a female vocalist on the Royal Star Cruise Liner. She performed in the touring production of Aladdin, later returning to the cast as Jasmine at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town. She played in Sleeping Beauty at The Playhouse Cellar as well as singing in Piaf, Brel, Aznavour. She was Ophelia in Jack & The Big Stalk and the Fairy Godmother in the Port Elizabeth season of Sinderella.

The year 2000 saw Anthony and Carole performing in Abu Dhabi's Crown Plaza Hotel to which Carole returned earlier this year with Trevor Harper as the pianist. She has recently appeared at Beanbag Bohemia with Evan Roberts performing jazz standards with a twist.

Anthony and Carole's most recent success has been Let's Misbehave which sold out at the Royal Backstage.

Musical director is Tim Pullen who has worked in the music industry for over 20 years, involved in producing backing tracks for many of the shows seen in South Africa theatres. These include productions for Aaron McIlroy and Lisa Bobbert such as their latest show Belly Laughs which was acclaimed as one of the top shows at the recent Standard Bank National Arts Festival. He was musical director for A Dame, A Dog and a Dead Guy which has been nominated for various Vita awards as well as for the Durban Designer Showcase 2000.

Shows take place on August 3 and 4 at 19h00 for 19h30 and on August 5 at 17h00 for 17h30. In keeping with the theme of the show, the format will be good old English pub food - bangers and mash with peas followed by pudding.

Tickets R50 (R400 tables of eight). Booking is essential as the capacity is limited. The Rhumelo Shellhole is situated in Cunningham Road off Bartle Road. To book phone Roland on (031) 205-7602 or 082 499-8636 or e-mail: roland@stansell.za.net

The next show will feature the South African Magic Society and will take place from September 7 to 9




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