Shelton sings Sinatra for Nottingham Playhouse appeal

Published: 5 August 2020
Reporter: Steve Orme

“World’s leading dramatic interpreter of Frank Sinatra”: Richard Shelton

Actor and singer Richard Shelton is to perform as Frank Sinatra in a concert from the balcony of his home in Hollywood in aid of Nottingham Playhouse’s Curtain Up appeal.

Shelton, who portrayed Sinatra in the musical Rat Pack Confidential, will perform the legendary crooner’s hits including "Fly Me to the Moon", "My Way", "Strangers in Night" and "New York New York". Audience members can request their favourite song when ordering tickets.

Shelton has been performing his balcony concert series since the beginning of lockdown for Facebook and Instagram audiences. He is offering this show exclusively to Nottingham Playhouse where Rat Pack Confidential received its world première in 2002 in a production directed by former artistic director Giles Croft.

Nottingham Playhouse chief executive Stephanie Sirr said, "we’re honoured and very touched that Richard is making time to beam his award-winning show from across the pond in support of our Curtain Up appeal. It’ll be a sensational evening. We can't wait."

Shelton has been described as “the world’s leading dramatic interpreter of Frank Sinatra”. He has performed the Sinatra repertoire with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, at The Globe Theatre in London, on television and at Ronnie Scott’s jazz club in London.

The concert will be staged on Thursday 13 August at 7:30PM. Tickets cost £15 with an optional donation and are available at the Nottingham Playhouse web site. Proceeds will go to the Curtain Up appeal to raise funds towards the reopening of the theatre.