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Information for Venues


  • The show has 2 formats:
    a. 60 minutes without an interval or
    b. 80 minutes (+ interval) with a second part in which Ros Shelley, with Gavin Roberts at the piano, talks about the people and the music that made Clara such an extraordinary character and how a girl from a humble Welsh background  become  an eminent figure in the musical world
    . This version by special arrangement only.

  • Minimum playing space of 2m x 4m

  • Informal cabaret style of seating recommended, although theatre style seating in rows can work well, as long as the audience are not too far from the performing area

  • Basic lighting, a high stool and a piano are required. All other equipment including costume and props are provided

  • Get in 120 mins; get out 30 mins

  • 2 person show: Rosamund Shelley (Madame Clara Novello) and Gavin Roberts (Accompanist)


Clara Novello was world-famous:

  • Fans of Ivor Novello, of which there are many UK-wide.

  • A classical and music theatre audience who enjoy not only the sung repertoire which weaves through the story but also the untold personal journey of an icon and her relationship with her more famous son

Marketing/Audience Development

  • Novello & Son has the endorsement of the Ivor Novello Society

  • We will provide electronic templates for A5 leaflets, A5 programmes and A3 posters suitable for overprinting, press release and photographs

Availability and Fees

Contact Ros Shelley to check availability, discuss fees and make bookings : email

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