Preview: A Couple of Swells, MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton

Preview: A Couple of Swells, MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton

In a musical match made in theatrical heaven, Liza Pulman and Joe Stilgoe are set to bring A Couple of Swells to MAST Mayflower Studios on Thursday 20 April.

This brand-new show features some of their all-time favourite standards and some classic duets, sprinkled with heaps of panache and a whole lot of dazzle.

Expect the Great American Song Book meets 1950s French Riviera Chic, showcasing Joe’s virtuoso piano playing and Liza’s exquisite vocals – A Couple of Swells combines unique talent, warmth, charm and wit, promising a beautifully crafted evening of music.

Liza and Joe collaborated during lockdown on the mesmerising track Bye Bye Blackbird, which received international acclaim and led to the creation of this show.

These two super talents are back together and ready to put their own contemporary spin on much-loved classics, including That’s Entertainment and A Couple of Swells.

Liza’s thirty-year career has encompassed music, theatre and comedy, from Glyndebourne Opera through West End musical theatre and as one-third of the British satirical comedy group, Fascinating Aida.

Her solo career as concert performer and recording artist showcases a talent for rediscovering, reinventing and reimagining timeless classics and lost gems.

Daughter of celebrated screen writer Jack Pulman and actor Barbara Young, Liza’s upbringing gave her a deep love of theatre, movies and music.

Joe Stilgoe is an internationally acclaimed singer, pianist and songwriter, known for writing songs that feel like classics, and adapting classics so they sound like they’ve just been written.

Growing up surrounded by music – his parents are songwriter and TV personality Richard Stilgoe and opera singer Annabel Hunt. Joe’s career extends across theatre, TV and radio.

He’s a regular on Radio 4 on shows including Loose Ends and The Horne Section and he has worked with some of the finest orchestras and bands in the world. Joe has released eight albums, five of which topped the UK Jazz chart.

Tickets for A Couple of Swells (20 April) are on sale at or 02380 711811.

  • In Common is not for profit. We rely on donations from readers to keep the site running. Could you help to support us for as little as 25p a week? Please help us to carry on offering independent grass roots media. Visit: