Brighton Beam Productions

My Friend Lester

by Maria McAteer
Directed by Karen Spicer
Musical Direction by Björn Dahlberg
Billie Holiday: Maria McAteer
Lester Young: Björn Dahlberg
Piano: John Donaldson
Bass: Simon Thorpe

Billie Holiday and saxophonist Lester Young played and recorded such achingly beautiful music together it was impossible for many to believe they were not lovers. This magical and moving story tells the untold tale of their romance through some of their own words and the stunning songs they recorded together. We follow their journey through jazz from the moment they first met until their untimely deaths.

Friends? Soulmates? Lovers? The answer is in their music…

“My Friend Lester” was written by award winning playwright and actor Maria McAteer. The play, which sold out at three Brighton Fringe Festivals, also stars highly acclaimed Swedish saxophonist Björn Dahlberg, multi award winning jazz musicians John Donaldson (piano) and Simon Thorpe – nominated for best British Jazz bassist 2016.
“A very enjoyable piece of theatre with the added priviliege of offering beautiful music by extremely talented musicians, a sure-fire success in any Billie Holiday fan’s eyes.”
★★★★★ Broadway Baby”An evening of jazz with beautifully sensitive insights into the minds of two giants of their era, this is the show for you.”
★★★★★ The Argus”The chemistry between these two talented performers I can only feel was akin to the chemistry that existed between Lester Young and Billie Holiday herself… A must see… Don’t miss it!”
★★★★★ Lovefringe

Show Times



£22.00 £20.00 concessions.