Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Everything Is Beautiful on a London Superbreak ; KATE FIELDER Lets Other Takes the Strain as She Enjoys a Fine Hotel and an Inspirational West End Show

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Everything Is Beautiful on a London Superbreak ; KATE FIELDER Lets Other Takes the Strain as She Enjoys a Fine Hotel and an Inspirational West End Show

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LONDON'S West End was unknown territory to me. A regular theatre- goer at home, I chose a girly overnight stay to explore London's theatre land and chose established travel company Superbreak to take the stress out of my planning.

With their help and a few clicks of a mouse, I found within minutes the perfect train times and hotel and had booked Beautiful! the big-hearted stage show, depicting the life and times of legendary American singersongwriter Carole King. The show - at the Aldwych Theatre - pays homage to some of the greatest hits known to man. You will undoubtedly recognise the soundtrack King supplied to the 60s and 70s which obviously features heavily throughout the play.

Carole King grew up as a self-confessed 'square' and sold her songs as a teenager. Then this 'square' comes to life when her effortless piano talents are unleashed. King's remarkable, yet not always easy, rise from unknown songwriter to solo stardom is well documented.

Including her romance with Gerry Goffin, King's career goes from strength to strength amongst the mayhem of her family life.

During this performance, the audience is taken on a musical journey and it's almost impossible not to sway gently and quietly sing along as the plot unfolds on stage.

After leaving the theatre, there was a brisk walk through Covent Garden and Leicester Square before we made it back to our home for the night, The Cavendish London.

The present building re-opened as a hotel in the 60s, on the very site of the original hotel which was famously owned by Rosa Lewis, otherwise known as The Duchess of Duke Street.

Rosa Lewis took over in 1902 and nurtured it into one of the most fashionable hotels of its time.

The Cavendish prides itself on such fascinating history, and has recently opened the Rosa Lewis Bar - the perfect place for pre- theatre cocktails and nibbles. …

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