Fenton Gray is a master of the art of cabaret.

His act not only evoked the golden age of that art but it also included songs from the world of musical theatre. He delivered sophistication as well as down to earth comedy.

Noel Coward’s satirical wit and lyrical dexterity rubbed shoulders with the macabre humour of Tom Lehrer (I Hold Your Hand In Mine and The Masochism Tango), the songs of Jerry Herman, the Gershwins and Julian Slade.

Contributions from the pen of The Master included Bad Times Just Around The Corner, Why Must The Show Go On? and a parody by Gray extolling the delights of Brighton.

His guest Corinna Powlesland delivered several high octane numbers, including a very emotional Time Heals Everything, along with some delightful songs from the pen of Charles Miller, Gray’s musical director and pianist.

Gray has a fine singing voice and his theatrical background ensured that he acted the lyrics rather than just reciting them. His sense of comic timing along with his facial and body expressions proved hilarious.

The evening’s well researched programme contained some interesting surprises – a song cut from Hello Dolly and Miller’s setting of two poems by A A Milne.

Four stars