Fiddler strikes up for Russian revival as Arcadians return to Letchworth will full-scale show

Letchworth Arcadians Fiddler On The Roof: Tevye's three eldest daughters - Lucy Walker (Tzeitel), So

Letchworth Arcadians Fiddler On The Roof: Tevye's three eldest daughters - Lucy Walker (Tzeitel), Sophie Walker (Hodel) and Claire Bunyan (Chava). - Credit: Archant

There’s a Russian revival on the way for Letchworth Arcadians – when the curtain goes up on their production of Fiddler On The Roof next week, it will be the fourth time that the company has staged the evergreen musical.

Their first crack at the ‘If I Were A Rich Man’ musical was way back in 1973 – but musical director Graham Albone and cast members Diana Davis, Denis Rusted and Roger Newman Turner were all part of that production more than 40 years ago.

Support from St Christopher School and generous local sponsors including the Letchworth Garden City Foundation means that the Arcadians are able to return to their home town for their first full-scale show since 2012.

Fiddler on the Roof, set in a small Jewish village on the Russian steppes and centred on milkman Tevye’s attempts to preserve his family’s traditions in the face of a changing world, is a Broadway and West End staple and was turned into a hit film in the 1970s.

The Arcadians production is directed by David Walker, with Frances Aylin overseeing choreography.


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The cast of more than 60 is led by Steve Wilks as Tevye and Adele Walker as his wife, and the show is packed with some of the most memorable musical theatre songs, including Tradition, Matchmaker, Sunrise, Sunset as well as If I Were A Rich Man.

David said: “The company has worked very hard to capture all the emotion associated with this story but we have all had a lot of fun during rehearsals and we hope you enjoy the show as much as we have enjoyed putting it together.”

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The show runs until Saturday, April 11, at St Christopher School in Barrington Road.

There are 7.30pm performances each evening and a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. You can book tickets by contacting the box office on 01462 453801.

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