Venue information
Shaw Theatre
100 - 110 Euston Road, London, NW1 2AJ
t: 020 7388 2555
About this event
Cost £25 (includes a £5 donation to Terrence Higgins Trust
Tel08444 771 000
Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens

Elegies For Angels, Punks and Raging Queens is a song cycle with music by Janet Hood and lyrics and additional text by Bill Russell. The work features songs and monologues inspired by the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt and Edgar Lee Masters' Spoon River Anthology. Each of the monologues are written from the perspective of characters who've died from AIDS and the songs represent the feelings of friends and family members dealing with the loss.

Book - Bill Russell

Music - Jant Hood

Directed by John-Jackson Almond (JJ)

Musical Director - Michael Roulston

Movement Director - Omar F. Okai

Lighting Designer - Joe Hornsby

Starring - Miquel Brown and Jonathan Hellyer

Supported by Dress Circle : where past cast recordings are also available

A Message from Dionne Warwick

"we all have in some way been touched by this dreaded disease and the importance of this event is something that everyone should support........the work that jj is doing takes the support of all of you, so......dig deep and make this an event that will give the continued help to those not able to help themselves"


Dionne Warwick

A Message from Tovah Feldshuh:

"I had the honour of working with JJ Almond on Golda's Balcony...he literally saved the life of the show. Now let's help him save other lives by Supporting Elegies and the fight against HIV and AIDS. This is a show worth far more than the price of admission."

Tovah Feldshuh

A cast of 30 Performers, with 3 musicans on Piano, Harp and Cello!

10 August to 28 August

Tuesday to Saturday Evenings at 7.45pm and Saturday Matinees at 4.30pm

Each night we hope to have a major celebrity join our 30 strong cast of actors and 3 musicians to do a one night only performance. £5.00 from eavery ticket sale will be given to our charity Partner the Terrence Higgins Trust.

To Book call 0844 209 1663 or Click on the Book On-Line Button at the bottom of the Page

Advance Booking Seats are £25.00 (includes a £5.00 donation to THT)

On the door £30.00

World Press Quotes:

... haunting and compelling new musical play

Daily Mail

... a touchingly dignified evening.

The Times

... there is no more dramatic sight on any London stage.

The Spectator

An immensely powerful performance ... The songs are uniformly good, the final song is sensational.

Financial Times

... a moving show, not for, or by, the weak.

The Sunday Times

It is difficult to imagine a more effective use of the stage-musical format than Bill Russell's Elegies ..., an elegant patchwork of biographical poetry and inspirational songs, some uplifting, some heart-wrenching and some hysterically funny. That an audience can be moved in so many different ways by such vital materials is a revelation, distinguishing it from the trivia of the West End "spectacular" while announcing its arrival in a far brighter coat of colours than anything else currently on view.

The Pink Paper

.. a remarkable piece of theatre that tells the stories of some 30 people whose lives are lost to the disease, [which] will affect you, deeply, whatever your race, gender, age or sexual identity ... terrific songs ... It is a show at once heart-breaking and heart-warming, evocative and emotional, as powerful as it is painful. Don't miss it.

Capital Gay

What could be more miserable than this funeral procession of 30 poor souls who died of AIDS? Virtually any other show currently in the West End.

The Sunday Mail

The tone is surprisingly upbeat ... but when the entire cast of 33 fills the stage to belt out the final song ... you'll be holding back the tears.

Time Out

... filled and overflowing with love and every other emotion. Go see, be amazed.

The Pink Paper

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