Theatre company presents Sweet Charity the musical at The Leys School Cambridge until Saturday July 14

Sweet Charity is at the Leys School, Cambridge until Saturday, July 14.

Sweet Charity is at the Leys School, Cambridge until Saturday, July 14. - Credit: Archant

The musical Sweet Charity is in the Great Hall at The Leys School in Cambridge until Saturday, July 14, presented by Cambridge Theatre Company.

With the famous numbers, The Rhythm of Life, If My Friends Could See Me Now and Big Spender, the story centres on the guillible and guileless Charity Hope Valentine who sings and dances her way through a series of brief romances.

Sweet Charity with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields and book by Neil Simon was originally directed and choreographed for Broadway by Bob Fosse.

It is based on Federico Fellini’s screenplay for Nights of Cabiria. However, where Fellini’s black-and-white Italian film concerns the romantic ups-and-downs of an ever-hopeful dance hall hostess, in the musical, the central character is a dancer-for-hire at a Times Square dance hall. The musical premiered on Broadway in 1966, where it was nominated for nine Tony Awards.

It was adapted for the screen in 1969 with Shirley MacLaine as Charity and John McMartin recreating his Broadway role as Oscar Lindquist. Bob Fosse directed and choreographed the film.


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Shows 7.30pm with Saturday matinee 2.30pm. Tickets £12-£15 from camtheatrecompany.co.uk. The Leys School is in Trumpington Road, Cambridge CB2 7AD. No parking on site.

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