125 years of history to go on stage at Holy Innocent

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Hammersmith residents are in for a performing treat as a cast of professional actors and musicians have been busy rehearsing a show spanning 125 years of history.

Two performances of A Theatrical Revue are being staged at Holy Innocents church in Paddenswick Road on Sunday 6 March and Monday 7 March, marking the 125th anniversary of the founding of the parish.

It promises to be a memorable event, mixing poetry, prose, dance and music – classical and popular – in a fresh and stimulating programme devised to reflect today’s vibrant, multicultural mix of parishioners.

Also joining the performance, the Chiswick Sea Cadets.

Directed by Simon Robinson, the show supports The Clink charity; the body that supports prisoner rehabilitation by developing their catering and restaurant skills.

Holy Innocents has a glittering history. It was established by Fr Henry Eden, uncle of future prime minister Anthony Eden, when Hammersmith was still largely comprised of market gardens and parkland.

The rapid construction of housing changed the complexion of the town, and brought with it a level of poverty that provided a real challenge to the church resources.

In one year alone, 3,000 children were looked after in the building’s creche.

Fr Eden stayed in Hammersmith for 40 years, in the building designed by Victorian Gothic revivalist James Brooks, and given Grade ll* listing.

More than 1,000 people use the building every week in a mix of services, community classes, meetings, parties, arts events and concerts.

Most of the professional performers who have come together to put on A Theatrical Revue are Lamda alumni, bringing a wealth of stage and screen experience to the occasion.

Tickets for the 4pm Sunday show are £20, including interval drinks, while the 7.30pm Monday show costs £25 a head, including drinks and canapes.