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SEVEN and a half YEARS


An autobiographical musical – a unique true story by Mark Glentworth

Suitable for Age 14 +

“I wrote a piece they all want to play”

Mark Glentworth composes the world-famous percussion piece ‘Blues for Gilbert’ and becomes long-time musical collaborator with celebrated actor/writer Steven Berkoff. So what next?

SEVEN and a half YEARS reveals the extraordinary and uplifting true story of Mark’s life in this award-winning autobiographical musical. Follow Mark’s journey from success through despair to a new beginning as he tells his touching, humorous and emotional story through the power of music.

At the age of 16, Mark Glentworth was one of the youngest students to study percussion at the Royal Northern College of Music. After graduating he worked as a freelance percussionist in all styles of music with Steven Berkoff, Sir John Gielgud, Sir Peter Maxwell Davis on his ‘Fires Of London’, The BBC Symphony Orchestra and The London Sinfonietta. His composition work has covered a wide spectrum of music ranging from commercial songwriting through to orchestral composition and opera.

Mark is the composer of the world-famous vibraphone solo ‘Blues for Gilbert’ the most performed, recorded and studied solo tuned percussion piece of all time.


Actor/Writer Steven Berkoff “This music is very, very moving”

★★★★ Musical Theatre Review “polished performance… Since the short run of this show last year, a part of my memory was still wrapped up in this story… Welcome back to Edinburgh!”

★★★★ ReviewsGate “Glentworth rises to the challenge of the role magnificently… Directed by Julia Stubbs the result is a moving piece of theatre.”

★★★★ Musical Theatre Review “a biographical work like nothing I have ever seen… this show tells his survivor’s story in an expression of hope… There are several very well-crafted songs in the show: songs not only from the heart but touching the heart of the listeners.”

LOST IN Theatreland “Glentworth is a talented composer and this shines through… It’s a beautiful tale of hope”

Runner-Up ‘Best Musical’ Musical Theatre Review’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe Awards 2021 “a highly unusual biographical piece of musical theatre that is genuinely touching”



TICKETS: £12/£10


Mon 17 July @ 7:30pm

Tue 18 July @ 7:30pm

Wed 19 July @ 7:30pm




The Rotunda Theatre

Venue 33k, Pavilion Gardens,

Buxton, SK17 6BE

England, U.K.


Writer/performer/producer - Mark Glentworth

Director - Julia Stubbs

Photography - Tim Stubbs Hughes


MMGMUSIC Productions

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