WHAT’S ON: FEATHER PRODUCTIONS in association with the BEACON ARTS CENTRE present the world premiere of LENA by Tim Whitnall

1999. LENA ZAVARONI (born in Greenock in 1963) has sung for presidents and royalty, topped the bill at the London Palladium, and become the youngest artist ever to have had a Top Ten album. But now, the fallen child star is fighting for her future – and her life. Waiting anxiously in a Cardiff hospital, her father VICTOR wonders how fate and fortune have conspired against him and his ‘wee lassie wi’ the pipes o’ Shirley Bassey’. Surrounded by ghosts he must endure a white-knuckle ride through the past; an ordinary man with one last chance to save his extraordinary daughter. 
Written by BAFTA and OLIVIER award-winner TIM WHITNALL (MorecambeThe Best Possible Taste) and directed by LESLIE FINLAY (The MisanthropeThe Reader), this dynamic new work also features a wealth of classic songs including Ma! Hes Making Eyes At MeRoses and Rainbows, and (Youve Got) Personality. 
LENA stars ERIN ARMSTRONG (Shetland/10 Rillington Place), ALAN MCHUGH (Scot Squad/The Limmy Show), JULIE COOMBE (River City/Hope Springs) as Hilda Zavaroni, HELEN LOGAN (River City/A Mugs Game), JULIE COOMBE and features the incredible JON CULSHAW (Dead Ringers/ The Impressionist Show) as TV’s original “Mr. Starmaker”, Hughie Green.
Other creatives include Musical Director/Arranger: MATTHEW BROWN and Set and Costume Designer: BECKY MINTO
Anna MurphyProducerFeather Productions said: “We are thrilled to be working in a co-producing partnership with the Beacon Arts Centre on this new important play with music, about Scottish singing sensation Lena Zavaroni. It is a privilege to work with the such a talented cast and crew and to be able to bring live theatre back to audiences with the support from Creative Scotland.”
LENA will premiere at the Beacon Arts Centre from 16 – 19 March before touring in 2023.