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They Call Her Natasha

(But She Looks Like Elsie)

Venue: Cadogan Hall

A new acoustic musical, celebrating the classic songs of Elvis Costello. From the opening bars of a lilting ‘Accidents Will Happen’ to the joyous finale of a rocking ‘Pump It Up’, this is something very different.

An evening out with a female Elvis impersonator no less, but also something much more. This is a musical play about a female whose life mirrors (increasingly deliberately) that of her idol, Elvis (Costello). And one wonders whether Elsie Costello is a childlike fan or someone with an obsession, or whether she really exits at all, other than as a device to tell the tale of something akin to Mr McManus’ life in words and music. Whichever, it’s a clever way to play Costello songs for the evening, but take them one stage further.

This tale of Elsie Costello plays out to a soundtrack of Costello’s classic songs including Accidents Will Happen, Shipbuilding, Alison, I Want You and many more.

Elsie is breathtakingly performed by Lou Dalgleish, accompanied by co-writer Michael Weston Kings guitar and vocals, and the phenomenal piano skills of Gladstone Wilson.

A unique evening celebrating the first-class songwriting of Elvis Costello, complimented by a superb story, and stunning performance.


Fans of quality songs and stunning singing must see this.

The Independent

An imaginative, elegant interpretation, an energizing voyage through the Elvis Costello songbook, fronted by a pure and gorgeous voice.

Irish Examiner

As tribute musicals go, this breaks new ground. No happy singalong, Costello’s life is treated as a melodrama…

Nick Dalton

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