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Lenny Henry
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IT will be interesting to see if Lenny Henry will check into one of Sheffield’s growing cache of Premier Inns tomorrow when he lands for a one-man show.

The veteran Brit returns to his musical roots in Cradle To Rave, a Lyceum Theatre show in which he reveals just how music has always been a huge part his life.

In fact, it was impersonating Elvis Presley that first catapulted him into the entertainment industry in 1975 before a career that has seen Lenny become an accomplished comedian, actor, writer, TV presenter and fund-raiser.

It was while last in Yorkshire for the West Yorkshire Playhouse and Northern Broadsides co-production of Othello that Lenny used to psych himself up for the second half by listening to hip-hop on his headphones.

For one performance, however, he looked up to see a fellow actor at the dressing room door holding up the message: ‘The second half started five minutes ago’.

And so Cradle To Rave was born, a show about a man to whom music matters too much, co-written with Jon Canter.

It is directed by Sam Buntock (Sunday In The Park With George) with music by Ken Bowley and Simon Brint.