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Written and performed by Mark Glentworth

“I wrote a piece they all want to play”

Mark Glentworth composes the world-famous percussion piece ‘Blues for Gilbert’ and becomes long-time musical collaborator with celebrated actor/writer Steven Berkoff. So what next?

SEVEN and a half YEARS reveals the extraordinary and uplifting true story of Mark’s life in this award-winning autobiographical musical. Follow Mark’s journey from success through despair to a new beginning as he tells his touching, humorous and emotional story through the power of music.

“This music is very, very moving” Actor/Writer Steven Berkoff

★★★★ ““polished performance… Since the short run of this show last year, a part of my memory was still wrapped up in this story…. Welcome back to Edinburgh!” Musical Theatre Review 2022

“Glentworth is a talented composer and this shines through… It’s a beautiful tale of hope” LOST IN Theatreland

★★★★ “Glentworth rises to the challenge of the role magnificently… Directed by Julia Stubbs the result is a moving piece of theatre.” ReviewsGate

★★★★ “A biographical work like nothing I have ever seen… There are several very well-crafted songs in the show: songs not only from the heart but touching the heart of the listeners.” Musical Theatre Review 2021

“A highly unusual biographical piece of musical theatre that is genuinely touching” Runner-Up ‘Best Musical’ Musical Theatre Review’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe Awards 2021



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