Tour announcement: Loudon Wainwright III - ‘Surviving Twin’ Live
Tour dates: March 2017
More info: Leicester Square Theatre
'Surviving Twin' is a posthumous collaboration in which Grammy Award winner Wainwright connects some of his best songs with the writing of his late father Loudon Wainwright Jr, the esteemed LIFE Magazine columnist. The performance is a game of creative catch between son and father, exploring issues like birth, loss, parenthood, fashion, pet ownership, and mortality. In a one man show, Wainwright recites a selection of his father’s compositions interspersed with songs from his own catalogue. 'Surviving Twin' has never been previously performed in the UK.
Loudon’s illustrious career as a songwriter, humourist and actor, spans over two-dozen albums. He collaborated with Joe Henry, on the music for Judd Apatow’s hit movie 'Knocked Up', penned music for the British theatrical adaptation of Carl Hiaasen’s novel, 'Lucky You' and also recorded several songs for HBO’s 'Boardwalk Empire'. His songs have been recorded by many including Johnny Cash, Mose Allison, Earl Scruggs, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Rufus Wainwright and Bonnie Raitt.
As an actor, he hit the screens early in his career playing Captain Calvin Spalding, the “singing surgeon”, on the American television show, M*A*S*H and has subsequently appeared in films directed by Martin Scorsese, Hal Ashby, Christopher Guest, Tim Burton, Cameron Crowe, and Judd Apatow.
A limited edition, deluxe hardback programme including an 18 track CD of show excerpts will be available exclusively at the performances. Listen to the tracks here.
Leicester Square Theatre, London 9th, 10th, 11th (inc. matinee), 12th March 2017. Tickets available now.
Press reaction to date
“The sardonically humorous singer-songwriter delivers a moving meditation on father/son relationships.” - The Hollywood Reporter
“…a bristling, acerbic, ultimately affecting family album of a show, with father-son resentments, hostilities and resemblances laid out for all to see, alongside the love and self-loathing.” - New York Times