Classic score means Babes is a real blast

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It’s a busy time at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts, with one show coming to an end tomorrow and a contemporary theatre festival featuring five plays in five days on the programme for March.

The current show is the evergreen Rodgers & Hart musical Babes In Arms, which has been described as the quintessential ‘hey, let’s put on a show’ musical.

It was a standout success in the golden age of musical theatre, and that’s no surprise when you consider that the score includes standards like The Lady Is A Tramp and My Funny Valentine.

It was first performed in the 1930s and was quickly transferred to the silver screen with Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland featuring in the lead roles.

The school production is based on the 1959 revival of the popular show.

The run began on Sunday and continues with performances tonight and tomorrow evening, both at 7.30pm. Tickets are £9 (£6 concessions) and are available from the box office on 01442 821516.

Next month’s festival will be a real challenge, featuring both plays which have been West End hits and other works which made a big impression with the critics. Each will only be performed for a single night.

The programme kicks off on Monday, March 11, with Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls, and then continues with Punk Rock by Simon Stephens (Tuesday, March 12); Olwen Wymark’s Find Me (Wednesday, March 13), Hugh Whitemore’s Pack of Lies (Thursday, March 14) and finishing with Jean Cocteau’s 1934 updating of the Oedipus legend, The Infernal Machine.

Tickets are only £5 and on sale now on the school’s website at, where you can also find out more about the plays included in the programme.