The world premiere of Stormy, a one-woman musical show, in which Camilla Beeput gives us the untold story behind Horne’s glamorous career as dancer, movie star, activist, singer – and the first black actor to break the Hollywood stereotype.
From 1920s Harlem to the golden era of Hollywood. through WWII to the Civil Rights movement, Stormy celebrates the life and work of one of the most significant African-American figures in 20th century entertainment.
Under the direction of Olivier Award-winning actor/writer/director Clarke Peters (Five Guys Named Moe, The Wire) Stormy brings Lena back to life alongside a five-piece band directed by pianist Alex Webb providing thrilling musical evocations of the eras that Horne lived through in her 60 years in show business.
When Horne died in 2010 The Guardian called her, ‘a free woman whose style, beauty, eloquence and independence made her a role model for millions’. In 2017, the centenary of her birth, Stormy brings the Lena Horne story to a new generation.
Camilla Beeput is an actor working across film, theatre and television.
Film & TV credits include: Sick Note (Sky One), Gone (Sky Atlantic), The Nightmare Worlds of HG Wells (Sky Arts), Legends (Fox), Writers Retreat (Moli Films), Super Bob (Grain Media), Partners In Crime (BBC One), Grantchester (ITV), New Tricks (BBC One), Babylon (Channel Four), Scott and Bailey (ITV), Mortdecai (Lionsgate), Birds of a Feather (ITV), Peep Show (Channel Four), Top Boy (Channel Four).
Theatre credits include: In the Red and Brown Water (Young Vic), Daddy Cool (Shaftsbury Theatre), Westside Story (Leicester Haymarket), Bad Girls The Musical (Garrick Theatre)
Clarke Peters is an American actor, singer, writer and director. His West End credits include Bubbling Brown Sugar, Porgy and Bess, Chicago and Chess, among many others. In 1990 he wrote the musical revue Five Guys Named Moe, which received a Tony Award nomination for Best Book of a Musical. He was also nominated for a 1999 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actor in a Musical for Chicago! His UK TV credits include Holby City, Doctor Who, In Plain Sight; his US TV credits include Person of Interest, The Wire and Treme. He appeared in the films Notting Hill (1999) and Marley & Me (2008), played Nelson Mandela in Endgame (2009), and Bishop Enoch in Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer (2012). In September 2011, Peters played the title role in a Sheffield Crucible Theatre production of Shakespeare’s Othello; he played Gloucester in King Lear at the 2014 New York Shakespeare in the Park festival.
Stormy: The Life Of Lena Horne plays: