The Sound of Music nuns climbing up the wall

PUBLISHED: 21:26 16 August 2012

Ben Locke, Kate Hall, Simeon Green and Phil Rowland-Morris

Ben Locke, Kate Hall, Simeon Green and Phil Rowland-Morris


DON’T be alarmed if you saw nuns in a climbing park the other week – it was just a way of promoting musical The Sound of Music.

It wasn’t a day of rest for backstage crew members at the Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage as they donned habits and wimples to climb a six-metre vertical wall for the launch of The Sound of Music.

Kate Hall, Phil Rowland-Morris, Simeon Green and Ben Locke were getting a head for heights at Fairlands Valley Park ahead of the musical, which opened at the theatre in Stevenage today (Thursday).

The quartet wanted to do something different to prepare for the show everyone knows and which contains some of the best show songs ever written.

Speaking afterwards, Kate said: “That was so much fun, I felt really silly in the costume but as soon as I saw the boys it wasn’t too bad.”

Phil added: “Climbing the wall was different from climbing the scaffolding at work, especially just having to trust the rope as you jump down.

“I almost burst into Climb Evr’y Mountain at the top because you could see for miles around!”

Of course, audiences can expect a slightly more traditional form of entertainment for the musical with the song from which the production gets it name, as well as Maria, My Favourite Things and Sixteen Going on Seventeen.

The show, which runs until Saturday, August 25, will also have a dedicated sing-along performance on Wednesday, August 22.

For tickets, which start from £15, call the theatre’s box office on 01438 363200 or visit

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