'Beyond the Veil 2' Line-up Confirmed!

Theatre Curtain sm'Beyond the Veil 2', the acoustic part of 'The Fire and the Quest 2' festival devoted to Clive Nolan's music, will take place on September 2nd, 2017 at the Cheltenham Playhouse. The concert will feature Clive on keyboards and vocal and his guests from around the world, including the band: Mark Westwood (guitar), Scott Higham (drums) and Kylan Amos (bass), as well as the vocalists: Gabriel Agudo (Argentina), Lucia Cavallini (Uruguay), Elisabeth Syrdahl Ellingsen (Norway), Harriet Müller-Tyl (Norway), Laura Piazzai Epifani (Italy), Christna Booth, Paul Manzi, Andy Sears, Gemma Ashley, Chris Lewis, and Agnieszka Swita.

Clive Nolan: “In 2015 our special ‘Beyond the Veil’ acoustic show had a ‘ten year anniversary’ theme to it. Well, this year we are going ‘international’! We have a wonderful line up of singers from across the globe, and I am fascinated to see how various combinations will sound. I will also be welcoming back our musicians, Mark, Scott and Kylan to join me for some added dynamics. This will be a great show. Two years is also plenty of time to have gathered a whole new bag on anecdotes!"

Tickets for 'The Fire and the Quest 2' HERE


"The Fire and the Quest 2": "Alchemy" Cast

Alchemy cast 2017 chOn September 1st and 2nd, 2017 at the Cheltenham Playhouse, the second edition of the Clive Nolan "Fire and the Quest' festival will take place. "Alchemy" will open the festival on Friday evening to be followed by the grand premiere of the second part of Clive's Victorian extravaganza, "King's Ransom", on Saturday.

We are happy to welcome new artists in the cast of "Alchemy". Elisabeth Syrdahl Ellingsen, the principal vocalist of Caamora Norway, who also accompanied Clive in the 2016 events in Uruguay, will perform the role of Amelia Darvas. Gemma Ashley, known from her masterly renditions of the roles of Ustane and Ayesha in "She", and numerous acoustic shows with Clive Nolan performed internationally over the last two years, will be Eva Bonaduce in both 'Alchemy" and "King's Ransom".

Full cast is as follows:

Clive Nolan: Professor King
Elisabeth Syrdahl Ellingsen: Amelia Darvas
Robbie Gardner: William Gardelle
Gemma Ashley: Eva Bonaduce
Andy Sears: Lord Henry Jagman
Chris Lewis: Thomas Anzeray/ Milsoh
Verity White: Mrs Muncey/Jessamine
Ross Andrews: Ben Greaves/Captain Farrell


Book tickets HERE


'The Fire and the Quest 2': Cheltenham 2017!

FQ cast AlchemyClive Nolan and the Caamora Theatre Company will return to the Cheltenham Playhouse for the second edition of “The Fire and the Quest”! During the mini festival the audience will be able to see two of Clive’s musicals: ‘Alchemy’ and ‘King’s Ransom’, being the next adventure of Professor King and his companions.

Clive Nolan: “After the success of the Fire and the Quest 2015, I am happy to announce that the Fire and the Quest will return in 2017. This time round we will be performing ‘Alchemy’ followed by the debut production of ‘King’s Ransom’, which I hope we will also be recording for an official DVD release. Don’t wait to long to book your tickets!”

The 'Fire and the Quest 2’ will take place at the Cheltenham Playhouse at the very start of September 2017, and will be a similar format to the one we did in 2015.

Here is the schedule...
Friday 1st September - 'Alchemy' (directed by Ian Baldwin)
Saturday Afternoon 2nd September - 'Beyond the Veil' (the acoustic show)
Saturday evening 2nd September - debut of 'King's Ransom' (directed by Ian Baldwin)

There will also be some 'extra features' including 'The Victorian Seance' which will take place later on the Friday (where Ross Andrews will be taking us through some of the tricks of the trade that mediums used to use to 'perform' their communications with the spirit world (£15)). This should a lot of fun!

Also for some there will be an option to attend the final dress rehearsal (on Thursday August 31st) of 'King's Ransom' introduced by Clive - This will be a limited number. Please be aware that this rehearsal may consist of stops and starts, as well as the more noticeable presence of cameras and crew. Then there is of course the much enjoyed 'after-party' to round off the weekend.

Caamora Norway Announces the Cast of Alchemy 2017!

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There are three shows of ‘Alchemy’ scheduled for May 2017 in Norway. The cast has now been confirmed and the rehearsals have begun. The shows will feature Clive Nolan as Professor King, Elisabeth Syrdahl Ellingsen as Amelia Darvas, Eirikur Hauksson as Lord Henry Jagman, Harriet Müller-Tyl as Eva Bonaduce, Lars Helge Throndsen as William Gardelle, Håkon Paulsen Christensen as Greaves, Christine Ekeberg as Jessamine and Mrs Muncey, Hans Andreas Brandal as Thomas Anzeray and Milosh and Finn Mathisenas Captain Farrell. More details will be revealed soon!

Clive Nolan: “We now have the final cast for the Caamora Norway shows in May. A wonderfully diverse group of singers – I look forward to working with them over the next few months.”


More about Caamora Norway HERE






Beyond the veil small for fbWe are going to release an ‘official bootleg’ DVD of the acoustic show recorded during the ‘Fire and the Quest’ weekend in September 2015, celebrating 10 years of Clive Nolan Musicals. This show features a wide variety of Clive’s material performed by a stellar cast of singers and musicians. Clive plays piano, sings and entertains alongside artists including Christina Booth, Alan Reed, Paul Manzi, Chris Lewis, Paul Scott, Agnieszka Swita, Victoria Bolley, Gemma Louise Edwards, Verity Smith, as well as the instrumental talents of Mark Westwood, Scott Higham and Kylan Amos.

The cost of the DVD package (full colour cover and 2 DVDs) is £15 and it is now available for pre-order in our ONLINE SHOP! The profits raised from this project will go towards the making of Clive’s new musical ‘King’s Ransom’. ‘Beyond the Veil’ will be dispatched in August (at the latest).

Clive Nolan: “I hope this DVD will provide a wonderful memento of that terrific Saturday afternoon concert. I have compiled and edited the show in its entirety, ‘warts and all’, so please be aware there is a lot of chatting and story telling (you can get straight to the songs with the chapter selections). It also needs to be remembered that, sadly, the sound quality is limited because we only had the audio recorded on camera. It was a lot of fun doing this gig, and I really enjoyed working with all these excellent performers. With the challenges I now face to record the new musical, ‘King’s Ransom’, every sale of this DVD will be a welcome contribution to the cause… Enjoy the show, and thanks in advance!”


Check DVD details HERE
Watch the extracts HERE
Order 'Beyond the Veil' HERE 


The 'Alchemy' Premiere in Katowice!

JS 27For us, the 'Alchemy' premiere in Poland that took place on February 22, 2013, will surely remain one of the most memorable events of the year! That Friday evening at Teatr Slaski in Katowice was preceded by months of hard work on various levels - from memorising lyrics, rehearsing parts to sewing costumes and looking for props. Endless meetings and long discussions seemed to bring positive results and 'Alchemy in Concert' went flawlessly to the excitement of both the audience and the artists themselves. The CD album, which is finally available worldwide, looks and sounds more than decent and soon we will be able to enjoy the DVD version of the Katowice event!

Clive Nolan: "So, we are all back from our Polish adventure. And wow... what a show! Thank you so much to all of you who came along to see 'Alchemy'. We ran out of the brand new 'Alchemy' CDs at the merchandise desk, which was a wonderful show of support! And the reaction at the end of the show was superb! Very moving!"

The full report from 'Alchemy in Concert' will follow soon!







Release Dates for Alchemy CD!

Alchemy CD Cover Final smOfficial release dates for 'Alchemy' CD have been set! The album will be available on February 25th in Poland, March 4th in Europe and April 9th in North America. The audience present at 'Alchemy in Concert' in Katowice will have a chance to make a purchase on the day of the show!

Listen to 'Street Fight' from 'Alchemy' HERE









Who's Who in 'Alchemy'?

MDB 18Learn more about the characters in 'Alchemy' in our 'Sights and Sounds' section! The video clips introducing the characters one by one are added regularly. All clips have been directed and produced by 'Alchemy' author and composer, Clive Nolan himself! Moreover, each of these short video presentations contains original music composed by Nolan. In the section you will also find commentaries concerning the characters.

Five clips have been released so far featuring: Clive Nolan as Professor Samuel King, Agnieszka Swita as Amelia Darvas, Chris Lewis as Thomas Anzeray, Andy Sears as Lord Henry Jagman and Damian Wilson as Captain Joseph Ferrell. More coming soon!



'Alchemy' DVD And Box out in September!

Alchemy DVD CoverMetal Mind Productions have just announced the release dates and the content of the 'Alchemy' live DVD and a box set!!

Metal Mind: "The DVD recorded in February at the Wyspianski Theatre (Katowice, Poland), is enriched by a number of additional features, such as interviews with Clive Nolan, Agnieszka Swita, David Clifford, Scott Higham, and Mark Westwood, as also 'The Making of Alchemy' material.

Live version of 'Alchemy' will be available also in a special edition box which includes live DVD, two CDs with an audio version of the show, a bonus DVD with a number of features providing deeper insight into what the project is all about, as also a bonus CD featuring exclusive demos, alternative versions of the songs and more!”

The release date of the DVD and 2DVD+3CD Box is scheduled for September, 9th in Poland, September, 25th in Europe and October, 1st in USA (via MVD).





Progressive Rock Celebrities in Cheltenham!

Kim Carter 4The forthcoming 'Alchemy' shows in Cheltenham, UK (September 5th, 6th, 7th) will be a feast not only for the theatre-goers. Among the Caamora Theatre Company team, an association of artists formed to perform Clive's musicals, a number of the renown progressive rock names can be found too. In some of the principal roles we will see Andy Sears (ex-Twelfth Night), David Clifford (Red Jasper) and Clive Nolan himself. The role of Thomas Anzeray at the Saturday matinee show will be performed by Paul Manzi (Arena). Moreover, in the orchestra pit we will find more prog-world celebrities: Scott Higham (Pendragon), Mark Westwood (Shadowland) and Claudio Momberg (Seti, Taurus). Chris Lewis, formerly involved with The Enid, and Agnieszka Swita, a lead vocalist for Clive's rock opera 'She', will re-appear on the Playhouse stage in the Cheltenham production of 'Alchemy' too.

Clive Nolan: “The cast of 'Alchemy' is a very diverse one. It's a mixture of local Cheltenham area artists, who were part of last year's theatrical 'SHE' production, some new singers, who have joined us recently, and some of my old friends with whom I've been working for years on various progressive rock projects. My aim for 'Alchemy' was to collect as many different voices as possible to ensure variety and flavour. They all did a fantastic job on the album, and indeed in Poland. So, even though the Cheltenham cast differs a little, I hope that everyone will find something of interest in the September shows, regardless of whether they are musical theatre enthusiasts or prog-rock fans.”