Harry Shearer & Judith Owen set to deliver a one off Christmas special ‘Christmas Without Tears’ at Londons Mayfair hotel!
Christmas is the time for giving, the time for togetherness and those magical moments. On monday 3rd December, Judith Owen and Harry Shearer are joined by Rob Brydon, Ali McGregor, Clinton Baptiste (AlexLowe), Julia Fordham, Miss Hope Springs, Kansas Smitty’s House Band, Lizzie Ball and Gabriella Swallow.
With ticket proceeds benefitting the West London Mission
Acclaimed singer songwriter Judith Owen and her husband, actor and humorist Harry Shearer (TheSimpsons, Spinal Tap) will once again spread their special brand of yuletide cheer for the 12thanniversary of ‘Christmas Without Tears’ at London’s Crystal Room at the May Fair Hotel.
A reverent and irreverent antidote to the most stressful of seasons, the evening includes both invited performers and surprise guests who drop into Harry and Judith’s onstage living room and share a song or a joke to bring the holiday spirit to all. Comics, magicians, and even circus acts have been welcome
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Confirmed acts for the 2018 performance include Welsh actor, comedian and beloved TV host Rob Brydon, celebrated singer and radio presenter Clare Teal, the dashing Australian comedian Adam Hills, the supremely talented British singer Julia Fordham and award winning musical comedy cabaret act Miss Hope Springs.
Adding to the Christmas feast of talent come lords of the London jazz scene The Kansas Smitty’s House Band, Judith’s favourite Lisbion drummer and percussionist Pedro Segundo, the most versatile and exciting cellist of her generation Gabriella Swallow and lifestyle guru for the over- eighties, Clinton Baptiste aka the superlative Alex Lowe.
Plus more special guests still to be announced…
As Harry Shearer tells it, “the show started as a party in our home to try to comfort Judith, a Welsh woman prone to melancholia, who could not stand that the fact that Christmas in Southern California was about 78 degrees and sunny.” What began as a humble holiday house party to chase away Judith’s yuletide blues became a charity event and performance in 2005 when they staged it to aid the people of New Orleans after Katrina. This year’s shows in London, Chicago, LA and NOLA will benefit a variety of different charities raising money for the homeless, mental health and musician’s assistance (USA shows)
In year’s past ‘Christmas Without Tears,’ has welcomed Weird Al Yankovic, Tim Minchin, Jane Lynch, Richard Thompson, Donald Fagen, Catherine O’Hara, Alfie Boe, Maureen Lipman, Rob Brydon, Julia Fordham, Alan Cumming, Claire Martin, Stephen Merchant and Christopher Guest.
Watch Previous Christmas Without Tears Performances
A tradition that began in Harry Shearer and Judith Owen’s Santa Monica home, these annual gatherings have grown into a heart-warming house party around the piano that involves and entertains fellow performers and audience members alike. Since 2005, when the first public performance was staged at the Walt Disney Concert Hall to aid the people of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, Christmas Without Tears has been a guilt-free way of having fun and giving back. A portion of the proceeds from this London performance will benefit The West London Mission
CHRISTMAS WITHOUT TEARS
3 December 2018
The Mayfair Hotel Crystal Room, Stratton Street, London, W1J 8LT
Tickets online HERE
Ticket prices £31.50 standard
About the West London Mission:
West London Day centre helps approximately 100 homeless people a day trying to get them into long term accommodation and work alongside rehab projects and other healthcare issues. Marylebone Music Festival and pleasure Gardens a historic event was revived after 240 years by Meghan Cassidy it’s Artistic Director and the Patrons are Sue Perkins and Rick Wakeman. It is currently in its 4th year and has so far raised over £15k for the homeless day centre.