Review: The Simon & Garfunkel Story, Richmond Theatre

There are few bands that can claim they truly rivalled the dominance of the Beatles in the 1960s, but like the proverbial ‘boxer’, Simon and Garfunkel certainly stood toe to toe with them.

Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel’s relationship is a fascinating story that is straddled across a fascinating era in history. The duo met in elementary school in Queens, New York, in 1953, and went on to become one of the biggest folk rock acts ever.

They won 10 Grammy Awards, had one of the world’s best selling albums of all time and once played in front of half a million people in Central Park in a concert that is as famed as Live Aid – all in an era of great change politically, economically and culturally.

And now, direct from its success in London’s West End, The Simon & Garfunkel Story has returned for a UK tour with London stops at Richmond and Hammersmith this month.

Using projection photos and original film footage, the show tells the story of the revered duo with a full live band performing all the hits including Mrs Robinson, Cecilia, The Sound Of Silence, Homeward Bound and many more.

As well as getting a unique insight into the band’s history the audience gets to lap up the best tunes they had to offer at their sing-out-loud, clap-along best.

Closing with powerful renditions of Bridge Over Troubled Water and The Boxer you leave feeling as though you’ve experienced an intimate performance from the duo themselves. A thoroughly enjoyable show that is not to be missed.

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