Beautiful Hits the Spot

On Monday 26th March 2017 Kettering and District Caledonian Society headed for London to see the musical Beautiful,’ writes GTO Alex Elmore.

Our group of 30 members boarded our luxury R.B. Travel coach at the Corn Market in Kettering – and excitement was high because we were looking forward to seeing what promised to be one of the best shows in town at the Aldwych Theatre. The musical Beautiful is named after one of Carol King’s songs on her successful Tapestry album.

Our first port of call was the old London Pub, the Duke of Wellington, which was near our theatre and its friendly staff served us hot food. When completely full to bursting we had an hour or so to spare before the performance and there was time to stroll among the early evening crowds and soak up the London ambience.

As soon as the show began it was obvious we were not going to be disappointed as we followed the early writing career, the hits, the highs and the heartache of a mother and a wife, and the subsequent rise to fame, of one of the best female writers of the latter half of 20th century.  In all Carole King penned 118 pop hits and her reputation is well deserved.

Katy Braben played Carole and looked and sounded just like her. All the other characters were brilliant too. The music was such a treat and we were all quickly transported down memory lane to the 1960s and 70s and going “ahh!” I agree with the critic who said “it was best music show ever”, and for me it was a music lover’s dream. This was definitely another excellent outing for our group.