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**UPDATE: New names confirmed for Sondheim Cabaret with Alex Young & friends

Alex has now confirmed that joining her and Desmonda Cathabel Upstairs at the Gatehouse on 15th October will be an array of amazing talent:

  • including Alastair Brookshaw (Baker in Into the Woods, Northern Ireland Opera; Frederik in A Little Night Music, Watermill Theatre)

  • Jordan Broatch (Hapgood in Anyone Can Whistle, Southwark Playhouse)

  • Ellie Nunn (Miss Ulrike in Identical, Lowry/Nottingham Playhouse; Ida in Honk, Union/UK Tour) and

  • MD/composer-lyricist Eammon O'Dwyer (Brief Encounter, Watermill; Lady Chatterley’s Lover, UK Tour; Twelfth Night & Henry V, Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, York; Mrs Beeton Says…, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School; and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Other Palace).

Also announced was this year's SSSSPOTY 3rd Place Winner Jade Oswald, who thrilled the judges with her characterful interpretation of "On the Steps of the Palace" from Into the Woods.

Don't miss this chance to hear all this remarkable talent in one spot - there are only a handful of tickets left, so get booking NOW!


It's been a while since The Stephen Sondheim Society has produced a cabaret, but that's all changing this month with ALEX YOUNG & FRIENDS in cabaret at Upstairs at the Gatehouse!

The star of Anyone Can Whistle (Southwark), Into the Woods (Theatre Royal Bath) and of course Follies (National Theatre) will be joined by some of her showbiz chums for an evening at the piano with MD Joe Bunker, serving up a spread of Sondheim favourites, a smattering of classics from the musical-theatre songbook and - honouring Steve's wish to support new writing - some songs from recently completed musicals.

Among those joining Alex will be Desmonda Cathabel, winner of this year's Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year competition. Desmonda wowed the judges with her spirited "The Miller's Son", and she deservingly took home the £1,000 first prize. Here's a chance to catch this incredible talent before she heads into From Here to Eternity (with fellow SSSSPOTY finalist Cassius Hackforth).

Also being invited back from SSSSPOTY 2022 will be the three reserves, who sadly didn't get a chance to perform the songs they'd spent so long working up for the competition: Izi Maxwell, Mackenzie Larsen and Tom Watson. You heard them singing in the opening group number, but now's your chance to hear them up close, personal... and solo!

Keeping everything ticking along from the piano will be MD Joe Bunker (Rags, Park Theatre; The Rink, Southwark Theatre; My Fair Lady, Mill at Sonning; Assassins, Pleasance).

Tickets cost £20 (£18 concs), with members of the Society enjoying a 20% discount (check emails for details)

So, don't miss the chance to catch these wonderful young performers as they salute the God of Musical Theatre, Stephen Sondheim! BOOK NOW!

Further guests to be announced soon

Alex Young & Friends

Upstairs at the Gatehouse

1 North Road

Highgate Village

London N6 4BD

Saturday 15th October, 7.30pm (doors open 7pm)

Nearest tubes/buses

12-minute walk from Highgate (Northern Line); 143 bus from East Finchley (Northern); 214 bus from Kentish Town (Northern); or 210 bus from Archway (Northern)

Tickets can also be purchased from the box office on 020 8340 3488

You can download the programme notes for this concert by clicking the link below:

Alex at Gatehouse programme
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