Yesterday’s performance of Send in the Clowns: Sondheim’s Extraordinary Women at the Lichfield Garrick was a great success for all concerned and was met by a standing ovation.

Experienced stars Charlotte Page, Beverly Klein and Nigel Richards were joined by SSSSSPOTY 2014 winner Corrine Priest and – under the expert musical direction of Jason Carr – gave us a feast of Sondheim, celebrating the women featured in the composer-lyricist’s show. Both solo and ensemble numbers showed everyone off to their best advantage, and included a few comparative rarities among the otherwise “best-of” set list.

More than just a concert, Send in the Clowns was effortlessly staged by Jari Laakso so that each number flowed seamlessly into the next.