Walter and Lenny event.


Walter & Lenny

Devised by Peter McEnery
from Nigel Simeone's The Leonard Bernstein Letters
Director Julia St John

Minerva Theatre


'For my very favourite dean, dear Walter, with fondest wishes, Lenny'

In 1963, Walter Hussey, Dean of Chichester Cathedral, wrote to world famous composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, asking him if he would compose a piece of choral music for their upcoming Three Choirs Festival. Bernstein accepted. An extraordinary friendship arose from their correspondence, and in 1965 The Chichester Psalms received their (almost) world premiere in the Cathedral.

A delightful insight into a chance friendship, and a treasured piece of Chichester history.

Peter McEnery, a founder member of the RSC under Peter Hall, makes a welcome return to Chichester in this one-man show, following previous appearances in A Little Night Music (1989), Dangerous Corner and A Doll’s House (1994).

Julia St John’s directing credits include Looking for Vi (Riverside Studios) and Shakespeare, His Wife and the Dog (Summerhall, Edinburgh). She is a director of Bated Breath Theatre Company.

Cast & Creatives


  • Peter McEnery

Creative team

Julia St John

Running Time
1 hour and 10 minutes with no interval