Inspired by the Federico Fellini film Nights of the Cabira, Sweet Charity explores the turbulent love life of Charity Hope Valentine, a hopelessly romantic dance hall hostess from New York.
With a tuneful mid-1960s score by Cy Coleman, sparkling lyrics by Dorothy Field and hilarious book by Neil Simon, Sweet Charity captures all the energy, humour and heartbreak of life in the big city for an unfortunate but irrepressible optimist.
Famous numbers include Big Spender and If They could see Me Now.
Artform are delighted with the audience feedback received for our 2018 production of Sweet Charity:
"Loved the show. Congratulations to you and all the team Sheila and especially to Claire Goad for creating a wonderfully likeable and believable Charity."
"What a thoroughly brilliant show from start to finish. Loved the small intimate staging, sublime choreography, great orchestration which was well balanced & great direction by Sheila Arden. Everyone worked as a team & that’s what really came across. Another Artform success!"
"Saw Artform's wonderful production of Sweet Charity last night. The choreography was tight and exciting and used the space really well. The band was a bit loud at times but really good. You know you're in for a good night with an Artform production and Sweet Charity is no exception. Well done to all involved. Congratulations. Loved it."
"Huge well done to the cast,crew and band of Artform’s Sweet Charity last night. Super tight and excellent choreography. Special mention to the fabulous Claire Goad who lead the show so well and was adorable!"
"Congratulations to everyone involved in Artform’s Sweet Charity. Sheila Arden as usual directed the show to a very high standard and the cast were brilliant. Well done all."
"Congratulations to all involved in Sweet Charity. Great dancing, excellent performances and wonderful wigs. How you all managed such quick changes was amazing. Paul Stone - your cameos were brilliant!"
"Congratulations to Sheila Arden and the entire Artform team for their production of Sweet Charity. The contrasting moods were beautifully handled. Claire Goad was an engaging Charity while the pairing of Danielle Dowsett and Rochelle Bisson was inspired. Well done Kemal Ibrahim for giving Daddy Brubeck his personal twist, the last one I saw was a woman! Artform is always such a tight, well-drilled operation that I know the result will wonderful. Caroline Essenhigh's excellent choreography, especially the night club number, John Hargreaves' terrific orchestra and Robin Kelly's warm welcome added to a very enjoyable evening."
"My first experience of Artform. Fantastic! A vibrant and committed company brought enthusiasm and massive energy to an old favourite. An absolute joy to watch!"
See the Sardines Magazine review of 'Sweet Charity' here:
Charity Hope Valentine