Stefan Bednarczyk

'An Evening Of Flanders And Swann'

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Last Show: Friday 13 th July 2018

The Pheasantry (Chelsea)

One of our most popular artists, Stefan Bednarczyk, returns after a sold out night, with his show 'An Evening Of Flanders And Swann', a tribute to Michael Flanders and Donald Swann, the hilarious and hugely talented writers and performers popular in the 50s and 60s. The show was originally commissioned in 1995 by the widows of Flanders and Swann, premiering in the West End and going on to be performed all over the world. Claudia Flanders regarded Bednarczyk as the finest interpreter of her late husband's work. Between 1956 and 1967, Flanders and Swann toured Britain and abroad, performing songs and comic monologues in their long-running two-man revues 'At the Drop of a Hat' and 'At the Drop of Another Hat'.

"Entirely alone at the piano, Bednarczyk is the best Flanders and Swann since Flanders and Swann themselves."

Herald Tribune

Stefan read music at Oxford University and was a choral scholar at Queen’s College. After a spell writing for Granada Television, he moved to London where his extensive credits as Musical Director include shows at the National Theatre, the Barbican, the Almeida, Hampstead Theatre, Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park, St James Theatre and the British premiere of 'Boy Meets Boy' at the Jermyn Street Theatre, a theatre with whom he has enjoyed a long relationship. He has also enjoyed long relationships with the Warehouse Theatre, Croydon – composing and directing the scores for over 30 productions, including Dick Barton – Special Agent, which toured the UK for 2 years – and with the Nottingham Playhouse, where the adaptation of 'Forever Young' he co-authored with Giles Croft has returned by popular demand four times. Other credits as Musical Director include shows in Oxford, Sheffield, Bolton, Cambridge, Cardiff, Swansea, Chichester and Edinburgh.

As a cabaret performer he has enjoyed seasons at The Crazy Coqs, The Pheasantry, Pizza on the Park, King’s Head and Jermyn Street Theatres in London. He has also worked overseas in Antibes, Cannes, Monte Carlo, Malaga, Dubai, Adelaide, Barbados, and Vienna. His acclaimed show 'An Evening Of Flanders And Swann' – originally commissioned by the widows of Michael and Donald – has been seen in Australia, the Middle East, India and Europe – as well as throughout the UK, including 2 sell-out seasons at the Jermyn Street Theatre.  'Stefan Bednarczyk Sings Noel Coward' received its premiere at The Crazy Coqs in Piccadilly Circus in July 2013. An huge critical and box-office success, it returned there twice, before being seen in France, Monaco and the Caribbean. The show 'Just In Time' – a celebration of the lives and works of Comden and Green, which he co-devised and performs with Anne Reid – has enjoyed sell-out runs at the St James Studio, Crazy Coqs, London Festival Of Cabaret, Pheasantry and Red Pear Theatre in Antibes, and Stefan and Anne performed it at 'Feinstein’s 54Below' in New York in October 2015.

"A one-man-show that demands the widest possible audience." The Times

"Bednarczyk's detailed characterisations and careful comic timing bring the songs to life beautifully - and there are even moments of such tender, fragile pathos that you want to leave them hanging in the air forever." Metro