An evening full of the comic lyrics and gentle melodies of Michael Flanders and Donald Swann is being held at the Maltings Arts Theatre in St Albans tomorrow night (Friday).

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It is the latest in a series of musical extravaganzas held by local theatre company OVO in recent years at their Maltings home,

Adam Nichols, OVO’s artistic director and one of the show’s singers, commented: “Flanders and Swann’s work is amongst the most recognisable in the Great British Songbook. Although the songs may pre-date some members of the audience they possess a genuinely timeless quality.”

He went on: “What’s more, thanks to the plethora of archive material on YouTube, and a bawdy homage by contemporary British comedians Armstrong and Miller, Flanders and Swann’s music now has a whole new generation of fans.”

In the show well-known numbers such as Slow Train, a nostalgic homage to the railway stations scheduled for closure by Beeching, and A Transport of Delight, a tribute to the humble London double decker bus, are presented alongside some of the duo’s lesser-known songs including The Reluctant Cannibal and All Gall.

Flanders and Swann Unplugged is being performed at 8pm and tickets, priced £10 and £7.50, are available from www.ticketsource.co.uk/ovo or on 0844 870 0887.

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