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Talk, Fri 27 - Sun 29 Apr 2018

Gladstone's Library

Gladstone's Library


Building on 25 years of teaching the world’s only university course on the theology and spirituality of musical theatre, Ian Bradley explores the extent to which modern musicals focus on deep ‘God talk’ as well as moral, spiritual and pastoral issues and how they have helped people shape their beliefs. Among the musicals considered are The Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof, Godspell, Joseph, Jesus Christ Superstar and Les Misérables. Participants will be invited to share their own favourite songs and moments from musical theatre and to take part in singalongs. There will also be screenings of Godspell and Jesus Christ Superstar.

Ian Bradley grew up in South East England and has lived in Scotland for the last 24 years. Educated at Oxford University, he was for eight years a features writer on The Times. He has also been head of religious broadcasting for BBC Scotland and has taught at Aberdeen University. He is currently Reader in Church History and Practical Theology in the School of Divinity at St Andrews University, associate minister of Holy Trinity Church, St Andrews and honorary Church of Scotland chaplain at St Andrews University. He is a frequent broadcaster and contributes regularly to the Guardian, Tablet, the Church Times and History Today.

Credit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

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Fri 27 - Sun 29 Apr 2018


Residential prices start from £230, non-residential from £1600. Discount rates for clergy and students apply.


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Map reference: SJ 314659  Lat: 53.18576 Long: -3.02804

Gladstone's Library is easily accessible by road and rail, just fifteen minutes drive from the M56 and six miles from Chester where there are regular train connections to London and other UK cities. Both Liverpool and Manchester airports are within easy reach.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 6 miles from Chester station


  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality