Sweet Charity

Talisman Theatre and Arts Centre

Barrow Road, Kenilworth CV8 1FN

Monday 2nd - Saturday 7th October


One of the great Tony Award winning American musicals – not to be missed.

Book by Neil Simon 

Music by Cy Coleman

Lyrics by Dorothy Fields

Based on an original screenplay by Federico Fellini,

Tullio Pinelli and Ennio Flaiano

Director: Stephen Duckham

Choreographer: Jane Hodgkiss

Sweet Charity

Hapless but unflappable, Charity Hope Valentine desperately seeks love in 1966 New York City. In this exuberant, goofy, hilarious musical comedy, Charity tries again and again to find her dream and make something of herself. 

The big Broadway score contains the hit songs Big Spender, The Rhythm of Life, If My Friends Could See Me Now and There’s Gotta Be Something Better Than This. The script has one laugh line after another by one of the masters of American comedy. A must see of the season.

Monday 2nd October at 7:30pm SOLD OUT 
Tuesday 3rd October at 7:30pm SOLD OUT 
Wednesday 4th October at 7:30pm SOLD OUT 
Thursday 5th October at 7:30pm SOLD OUT 
Friday 6th October at 7:30pm SOLD OUT
Saturday 7th October at 7:30pm SOLD OUT
Any performances showing as SOLD OUT refer to all seats being sold. There may still be wheelchair spaces available. To book a wheelchair space or to enquire about waitlist/returns etc. please contact Box Office on 01926 856548 (or via our Contact Us page) 

Tickets are available via the online booking system with concessions available for full time students, those in receipt of a pension, Talisman members and group bookings (for parties of 10 or more).



Charity – Sue Randall
Helene – Louise Woodward
Nikkie – Chiara Castania
Oscar – Kevin Wing
Herman – Clive Cartwright
Vittorio – Angelo Cardone
Ursula – Jo Ward
Daddy Brubeck – Mark Randall
Frenchy – Jemma Butler
Carmen – Jane Hodgkiss
Suzanne – Ann O’Connor
Betsy – Amanda Wright
Rosie – Alex Newman
Elaine – Sharon Sully
Cops – Paul Sully & Paul Sanders
Company – for all other parts:-
Kat Pearson
Rebecca Bradley
Sharon Sully
Jurgita Liutkeviciute
Jemma Butler
Simon Brougham
Paul Sanders
Paul Sully
Steve Sanday
Director – Stephen Duckham
Stage Manager – Corrina Jacob
Music Supervisor – Ben Kelly
Choreographer – Jane Hodgkiss
Lighting – Steve Roberts
Set Design – Brian Tuck
Sound/Projections – Dik Thacker
Lighting Operator – Peter Weston
Props – Laura Henderson, Amanda Jones, Lewis Formby
Wardrobe – Sam Harris, Katie-Ann Ray, Emily Tuff, Saira Roper
Backstage Team – Steve Sanday, Carla Sanday, Laura Quantrill, Katy Hawke, Heather Hampson and Laura Hampson


Stephen Duckham

1969 and an excited teenager is sitting in the Prince of Wales Theatre, London waiting for the overture of the latest Broadway musical to start. The show was Sweet Charity and that teenager was me. I loved the show and always wanted to direct it – and fifty-four years later I got my wish!

With its fabulous score and fast-paced funny book, Sweet Charity was not only a hit on both sides of the Atlantic but also made into a Hollywood movie, starring Shirley MacLaine and with cameo appearances by Stubby Kaye and Sammy Davies Jr.

The show has had numerous revivals and the hits songs are still sung today – Big Spender has recently been used in a TV commercial! 


I have been very lucky over the years to introduce many musicals to the Talisman Theatre. Some well-known, some having their first performances in the UK and a couple of World Premiers. Once again I have been blessed with a talented Talisman Company both on stage and behind the scenes, and bringing this show to Kenilworth has been a joy and a dream come true.


I hope you find this great Broadway musical as entertaining as I did all those years ago.


Stephen Duckham


Talisman Theatre and Arts Centre

Barrow Road, Kenilworth CV8 1FN


The year is 1966. The place is New York City.


You Should See Yourself


Big Spender

Nickie, Helene and Fandango Girls

Rich Man’s Frug


If My Friends Could See Me Now


Too Many Tomorrows

Vittorio Vidal

There’s Gotta Be Something Better Than This

Charity, Nickie and Helene

I’m The Bravest Individual

Charity and Oscar


I’m The Bravest Individual (Reprise)

Charity and Oscar

The Rhythm of Life

Daddy Brubeck and Company

Baby, Dream Your Dream

Nickie and Helene

Sweet Charity


Big Spender (Reprise)

Fandango Girls

Where Am I Going


I’m a Brass Band

Charity and Company

I Love to Cry at Weddings

Herman, Rosie, Nickie, Helene & Company
Finale Company



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