Joanna Eden and Leigh McDonald take a musical theatre journey to Saffron Walden Town Hall

PUBLISHED: 10:03 22 May 2014 | UPDATED: 10:23 22 May 2014

Jo Eden and Leigh McDonald.

Jo Eden and Leigh McDonald.


Local singer-songwriter Joanna Eden and actress Leigh McDonald will be conjuring up the musical magic of Elaine Paige and Barbara Dixon at Saffron Walden Town Hall with their new show, ‘We Know Them So Well!; A Musical Theatre Journey’.

The pair were inspired to explore their love of musical theatre by the famous duo who sang I Know Him So Well in the 1980s musical Chess.

Joanna said: “Barbara Dixon has such a natural, celtic voice and it blended so beautifully with Elaine Paige’s musical theatre style. Leigh and I found that our voices compliment each other in a similar way.

“I’m more accustomed to Ronnie Scott’s Club than the West End stage but have always loved musical theatre since my drama teacher mum arranged school trips to shows when I was a kid.”

Leigh McDonald has performed in plays and musicals in the West End and all over the world. She recently completed a sell out run of Othello at The Crucible Theatre in Sheffield after a lengthy national and international tour as ‘Rosie’ in Mamma Mia!

The duo will be singing songs from Chess, Mamma Mia! and many other musicals including Les Miserables and The Lion King. They will also be joined by a special guest, actor Steve Watts who has performed in Chariots of Fire, Relatively Speaking, My Fair Lady and many other West End shows.

He played Henry Higgins and will be revisiting classic songs like The Rain in Spain and I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face.

“We’re really looking forward to sharing songs, stories and feelings about our favourite musicals,” said Leigh. “Joanna and I have such great fun singing together and a male voice will add a whole new dimension.”

Tickets, at £12.50, are on sale at Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre and available online via The performance will begin at 7.30pm on Friday, June 20. All profits will go to the new Madam Mayor’s Appeal.

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