By Alan Davies
Sunday, October 21, 2012
ONE of musical theatre’s best-loved shows – Fiddler on the Roof – will be brought to the stage by Welwyn Thalians in Welwyn Garden City next week.
TOPOL made the role of dairyman Tevye famous in the big screen adaptation of Fiddler On The Roof, singing the film’s most memorable song, If I Were A Rich Man.
And the stage version of the hit musical will be presented by Welwyn Thalians at the Hawthorne Theatre at Campus West, in WGC, from Wednesday.
It could be a story from today’s headlines. A husband and father facing up to the disintegration of his family, fighting poverty, worrying for his children as they move away from the area, away from him.
Not, you would imagine, the basis for a musical – but you’d be wrong because it is these problems, and the stoical good humour with which they are met, that form the backdrop of Fiddler On The Roof.
Tevye is a milkman in Tsarist Russia of 1905. The father of five daughters, he has to come to terms with the way they are growing up, the part that Tradition plays in their lives (or doesn’t), and the fact that he will lose some of them to marriage, or worse, revolution.
But no matter what life throws at him, he takes comfort from his faith and in his glass-half-full attitude to life.
First produced in 1964, when its theme of youth developing lives of their own was very pertinent, Fiddler On The Roof has been a perennial favourite ever since.
Featuring such crowd-pleasing songs as Sunrise, Sunset, Tradition, To Life and, of course, If I Were A Rich Man, it has regularly filled houses across the world.
Now Welwyn Thalians bring their own production to the Hawthorne Theatre from Wednesday, October 24 to Saturday, October 27, proving once again that you can’t keep a good musical down.
You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll definitely come out humming the songs – the hard life has never been so much fun!
And the Thalians have been entertaining audiences for more 80 years, so it’s sure to be a winner – it’s tradition!
Performances are nightly at 7.30pm, with an additional 2.30pm matinee on the Saturday.
Tickets cost from £12.50.