Don’t miss X-Factor’s Rhydian in the charming, kooky and hilarious 1950s musical, Little Shop of Horrors at the Lichfield Garrick this September
Rhydian, who rose to fame as a runaway success on ITV’s X Factor, will play the Dentist in the Sell a Door Theatre Company’s production at the city centre theatre from 20 to 24 September.
The hit musical comedy tells the story of Seymour Krelborn, the assistant at Mushnik’s Flower Shop in downtrodden Skid Row, becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers a strange and exotic plant. He names it Audrey Two in order to impress glamorous Audrey, the colleague he’s secretly in love with.
Audrey Two quickly starts to wilt, putting Seymour’s job and dream future with Audrey at risk. Accidentally pricking his finger, Seymour discovers Audrey Two needs a little more than plant food to thrive. The plant grows into a bad-tempered, foul-mouthed carnivore whose voracious appetite becomes increasingly difficult to satisfy.
With music by the legendary Alan Menken, best known for his numerous Walt Disney film scores, Little Shop of Horrors is a cult film and one of the longest running off-Broadway shows of all time.
Sell a Door Theatre Company have previously toured critically acclaimed productions of Avenue Q, The History Boys, American Idiot and Seussical the Musical.
Little Shop of Horrors runs at the Lichfield Garrick from Tuesday 20 to Saturday 24 September with a variety of evening and matinee performances.
Tickets cost £15 to £28.50, and can be booked online at www.lichfieldgarrick.com or by calling Lichfield Garrick’s Box Office on 01543 412121.
TV and West End star Wendi Peters, much loved for her acclaimed portrayal of Cilla Battersby-Brown in Coronation Street, will headline the upcoming 2017 UK tour of Wonderland as Queen of Hearts alongside musical theatre favourite Dave Willetts, who has previously starred in tours of South Pacific,42nd Street and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, as White Rabbit.
West End and Broadway leading lady Kerry Ellis, best known for playing Elphaba in the West End and Broadway productions of Wicked, will guest star as Alice.
Completing the principal cast are Stephen Webb as Jack / White Knight, Natalie McQueen as Mad Hatter, Kayi Ushe as Caterpillar, Dominic Owen as Cheshire Cat,Ben Kerr as March Hare and Carolyn Maitland as Alternate Alice / Mad Hatter. They are joined by an ensemble comprising Sharif Afifi, Toyan Thomas Browne, Divine Cresswell, Jessica Croll, Francesca Lara Gordon, Benjamin McMillan, Bree Smith, Benjamin Yates and swings Lewis Easter and Collette Guitart.
Following sold out seasons in Tampa, Texas and Tokyo, the multi Grammy, Tony and Drama Desk Award nominated Frank Wildhorn’s Wonderland comes to the New Alexandra Theatre from Monday 6 to Saturday 11 February 2017.
In addition to the previously announced dates, the inaugural UK tour of Wonderland has added Swansea and Bournemouth to its nationwide schedule, both of which will be on sale soon.
Hailed by the New York Times as “inspirational”, Wonderland is an enchanting musical adaption of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, with a huge heart, a medley of magic and a whole lot of wonder. Here a timely and touching story of love in all its forms, it’s an adventurous exploration of who we are, who we want to be and the power of everyday magic in our lives.
In the tradition of the best stage musicals,Wonderland boasts a catchy score full of songs from Frank Wildhorn, writer of pop hits including Whitney Houston’s ‘Where Do Broken Hearts Go?’ and theatre classics including ‘This is the Moment’ from his internationally acclaimed show,Jekyll & Hyde.
Wendi Peters has worked extensively on both stage and screen, but it was the iconic role of Cilla in Coronation Street which truly made her a household name. Her appearance led to her being asked on numerous TV programmes such as Celebrity Sewing Bee for Children In Need,Celebrity Mastermind, The F Word with Gordon Ramsay and Celebrity Masterchef,where she reached the finals. Wendi currently plays regular character Cook Jenkins in BBC's Hetty Feather. Alongside her screen work, Wendi is in much demand as a stage actress with recent credits including Hatched ’n’ Dispatched (Park Theatre), Oh What a Lovely War! (UK Tour) and White Christmas (Dominion Theatre).
Dave Willetts is one of the UK’s foremost musical theatre stars having played numerous leading roles including Jean Valjean in Les Misérables (London and Australia), Phantom inThe Phantom of the Opera (London and Manchester), for which he won the Manchester Evening News Award for Best Performance, Old Deuteronomy in Cats (London), the title roles in Jesus Christ Superstar (London and Europe), Sweeney Todd (UK Tour) and Sundayin the Park with George (UK Tour), Max Von Mayerling in Sunset Boulevard (London), and Adam Pontipee in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Emile de Becque in South Pacific, Julian Marsh in 42nd Street and Professor Callaghan inLegally Blonde (all UK Tours). Dave has also made many international concert appearances, including performances at the concert halls of Monterey, Mexico City, Los Angeles, Rotterdam, Munich as well as the Royal Albert Hall.
His latest album, Once in a Lifetime, celebrates 25 years in show business.
Kerry Ellis is the leading lady of her generation. Her extensive theatre credits include Grizabella in Cats, Nancy in Oliver!, Fantine inLes Misérables, Ellen in Miss Saigon, Meatloaf in the original cast of We Will Rock You and Eliza Dolittle in My Fair Lady, as well as Svetlana in Chess in concert at the Royal Albert Hall alongside Josh Groban and Idina Menzel.
As well as her theatre career, Kerry performed her own solo tour around the UK culminating in a sell-out performance at the London Palladium and the release of her own self-titled album. She also continues to tour and perform all over the globe with her long time writing and performing partner Queen’s Brian May. The pair are due to release a new album early next year.
Produced by Neil Eckersley, Wonderland has music by Frank Wildhorn, lyrics by Jack Murphy, book by Jack Murphy and Gregory Boyd with UK adaptation by Ava Eldred. It is directed by Lotte Wakeham (Associate Director of Matilda, West End & Broadway), with musical supervision by Jason Howland (Beautiful, West End & Broadway), choreography by Lucie Pankhurst (Dogfight at the Southwark Playhouse), set design by Andrew Riley (Songs for a New World at the St James and Flight at Opera Holland Park), costume design by Grace Smart (2015 Linbury Prize winner) and lighting design by Tony Award nominee Nick Richings (current UK tours of Priscilla Queen of the Desert & The Rocky Horror Show).
For more information and to book tickets visit atgtickets.com/birmingham.
Belgrade Theatre’s brand new production of Roll Over Beethoven, an original British rock ‘n’ roll musical, is set to arrive on the Main Stage from 3 – 17 September 2016.
Roll Over Beethoven is a fun, high-energy new musical that tells the story of how dreary, post-war England was transformed forever by American Rock ‘n’ Roll. Bringing a blaze of neon colour to the monochrome streets of blighty, this thrilling new juke-box musical is the latest in a series of smash-hit productions by Writer/Director Bob Eaton, best known to Coventry audiences for scoring a hit with Three Minute Heroes back in 2014.
Relocating Shakespeare’s classic tale of adolescent angst, teenage rebellion, family feuds and the ghosts of generations’ past to Britain in the late 1950s, Roll Over Beethoven is, at once, a playful and highly entertaining tribute to a defining moment in UK music history, the birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Writer/Director Bob Eaton said:
"My idea was always to tell the story of the coming of Rock ‘n’ Roll to the UK and how the music gave an energy to the rebellion of youth against the old, grey, black and white world of 1950s austerity England. The play takes place in 1956 against the backdrop of a typical, English suburban town, 1956, in my mind, being the crucial year when rock ‘n’ roll first exploded onto the scene in this country and, incidentally, the year in which ‘Roll Over Beethoven’ by Chuck Berry was first released. This was a whole generation before The Beatles, before the whole British invasion even took place. These were the original young ones, trail blazers who took the music that was setting America alive across the waters and made it their own!"
This feel-good musical-drama features a talented cast of actor-musicians including West End actor Michael Fletcher in the role of Johnny Hamlet, best known to TV audiences for reaching the final 20 in ITV’s Superstar, a nationwide search to find an actor to play Jesus in a UK wide arena tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit musical Jesus Christ Superstar.
He will be joined by Chloe Edwards-Wood as Ophelia, Niall Kerrigan as Waltzer, Oliver Beamish as Claud, Al Twist as Ronny Rozencrantz and The Vicar, Matt Devitt as The Ghost, Georgina Field as Gertie, Steve Marwick as Henry Polonius, Adam Langstaff as Guy Guildenstern and Horace and Joe Eaton-Kent as Larry, who was last seen at the Belgrade starring in Bob Eaton’s smash-hit 2014 production of Three Minute Heroes.
Having begun his career as a Director, Writer and Actor back in 1971, Bob’s incredible career in theatre has seen him direct more than eighty professional productions in English regional theatre, London, New York, Dublin and Hong Kong as well as writing or co-writing over twenty plays, musicals and musical adaptations. As a former Artistic Director of The Everyman Theatre, Liverpool, The London Bubble and The Belgrade Theatre between 1995 and 2003, Bob’s life-long passion for bringing popular music and theatre together has inspired many a smash-hit production including the Olivier award-nominated Lennon,first produced at the Liverpool Everyman in 1981, Our Day Out – The Musical with Willy Russell and the hugely popular 2-Tone musical Three Minute Heroes which premiered at the Belgrade Theatre in 2000 starring Tupele Dorgu and was later revived in 2014 to great critical and audience acclaim.
The production will run for two weeks on the Belgrade Main Stage from Sat 3 – Sat 17 Sept. Tickets for Roll Over Beethoven are priced from £19 - £27 with concessions available.
A brand new production of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest launches Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s exciting 2016 Autumn season.
The Importance of Being Earnest, which will run from 9-24 September, provides audiences with the chance to see this new production for the first time in Birmingham before completing its run at Leicester Curve from 11-29 October.
The production will star actress Cathy Tyson as the iconic Lady Bracknell. Cathy who has a string of theatre credits to her name including Golden Girls (RSC), The Merchant of Venice (Birmingham Repertory Theatre), and Mum’s the Word, received BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations for her role in the film Mona Lisa which this year celebrates 30 years since its release.
“Lady Bracknell is so well known. I’ve played Ophelia, I’ve played Cleopatra and lots of other famous characters but people have a really personal view on Lady Bracknell. They quote lines back at you! It’s lovely because it’s theirs as well.”
Further cast members include Sharan Phull as repressed romantic Cecily Cardew, Edward Franklin as upper-class playboy Algernon Moncrieff, Fela Lufadejue as the dependable John (Jack) Worthing, Angela Clerkin as the uptight nanny Miss Prism, Dominic Gately as the incorruptible Reverend Chasuble, Darren Bennett as the ever-faithful servants Lane and Merriman and Martha Mackintosh as prim and proper Gwendolen Fairfax.
Bachelor Jack Worthing and his best mate Algernon Moncrieff hope to marry society’s most eligible ladies, Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. But the lads’ courtship of the women is far from straight forward. With double identities, handbag mishaps and hostile encounters with the formidable Lady Bracknell, the pair become embroiled in a web of mistaken identities with hilarious consequences.
Regarded as one of the finest comedies in the English language, Wilde’s play explodes with his trademark razor-sharp wit and uncovers the hypocrisies of a society where what is seen on the outside is very different to the truth that lies beneath.
The Importance of Being Earnest is directed by Nikolai Foster, Curve’s Artistic Director, who gives Oscar Wilde’s class comedy a stylish, fresh and contemporary spin.
"We are delighted that Cathy Tyson is Lady Bracknell. She is so hugely intelligent, intuitive and imaginative. Those three things brought together with this role will create something incredible. I first saw Cathy in ‘Band of Gold’ on TV growing up and I still remember very clearly her rawness and visceral attack. I was blown away by her!"
The creative team will also include Dougal Irvine as composer, Ben Cracknell as lighting designer, Dan Hoole as sound designer and design by Isla Shaw.
To book, call 0121 236 4455 or visit birmingham-rep.co.uk.
The long-running Birmingham Comedy Festival returns from 7 - 16 October with another top-flight line-up of comedic talent.
This year’s 10-day festival features headline appearances from Romesh Ranganathan (9 & 12 Oct, Town Hall), the entrancing silent Boy With Tape On His Face (13-15 Oct, mac Birmingham), and Kerry Godliman, co-star of Ricky Gervais’ Derek (14 Oct, The Glee).
The festival also welcomes Irishman Jason Byrne (16 Oct, Town Hall), topical stand-up Matt Forde (7 Oct, The Old Rep),Nathan Caton (13 Oct, The Glee), Justin Moorhouse (8 Oct, The Old Rep), and Tony Law (14 Oct, Comedy Junction).
Other highlights include Richard O’Brien’s record-breaking rock’n’roll musical Rocky Horror Show (10-15 Oct, New Alexandra Theatre), a new live panel show, Panelbeaters, co-created by Mock The Week’s Gary Delaney (16 Oct, The Glee), and Paul Richards’ 50 Ways To Leave Your Drummer, in which the musician/ comedian recounts being fired from 50 acts, including Frank Turner and Heaven 17 (9 Oct, Old Joint Stock).
The festival officially kicks off with the third Birmingham Comedy Festival Breaking Talent Award (7 Oct, The Glee), and boasts two Free Half-Dayers in the city centre (9 and 16 October). Taking place at Cherry Reds and The Victoria, on John Bright Street, the successive Sunday afternoons see more than 18 acts perform new shows, among them Josh Pugh, improv troupe Foghorn Unscripted, world-ranked board gamer James Cook, podcasters News With Jokes, Karen Bayley, Hannah Silvester, Lovdev Barpag Lindsey and Danny, and Gareth Berliner.
A spokesperson for the festival, which debuted in 2001, said:
“We’re very pleased to be marking our 15th year with such an excellent and varied line-up that mixes seasoned and familiar TV names, with emerging acts and some top newcomers.
“There’s over 70 performances across the city, with our two Sunday afternoon Half-Dayers giving audiences the opportunity to catch some really great acts for free.”
The Birmingham Comedy Festival runs from Friday 7 to Sunday 16 October 2016.
For full details visit www.bhamcomfest.co.uk.
Paul Nicholls, Jack Ellis and Ben Onwukwe will star in the 2016 UK Tour of The Shawshank Redemption at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from Tuesday 27 September – Saturday 1 October 2016.
Directed by award-winning Broadway director David Esbjornson, this powerful and acclaimed production is adapted from Stephen King’s novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, which was made into the 1994 Oscar Award winning film The Shawshank Redemption and is regularly voted as the nation’s favourite film.
The Shawshank Redemption follows Andy Dufresne, a banker handed a double life sentence for the brutal murder of his wife and her lover, who finds himself incarcerated in the notorious Shawshank penitentiary. Unflinching in his protests of innocence, Andy strikes up an unlikely friendship with the prison fixer Red, and things take a slight turn for the better. However, when Warden Stammas decides to bully Andy into subservience and exploit his talents for accountancy, a desperate plan is quietly hatched…
The play examines desperation, injustice, friendship and hope behind the claustrophobic bars of a maximum security facility. The movie starred Tim Robbins as Andy Dufresne and Morgan Freeman as Ellis 'Red' Redding and was nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor for Freeman.
Paul Nicholls (Andy Dufresne) is best known and loved for his role as heart throb Joe Wicks in EastEnders, and has since appeared in acclaimed television programmes Grantchester, Death in Paradise and The C Word. Paul made his West End debut in Long Day's Journey Into Night at the Lyric Theatre before appearing in Festen (Lyric, West End) and Vincent in Brixton (National), both directed by Rufus Norris. He has also appeared in several plays at the Tricycle, Bush, Hampstead and Almeida.
Ben Onwukwe (Red) boasts a 30-year stage career having appeared in productions at The RSC and the Royal Court Theatre. Television credits include EastEnders, Coronation Street and Doctors but his most prominent role was as Stuart ‘Recall’ McKenzie in London’s Burning, a character he played for over a decade.
Keeping them in line, Jack Ellis will play the part of Warden Stammas. Jack is best known for his role as prison warder Jim Fenner in the hugely popular ITV television series Bad Girls, in which he appeared for seven series. Jack’s television credits include Prime Suspect and Coronation Street. His theatre credits include Sam Mende’s production of Richard III (Old Vic, World Tour and Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York), Great Expectations (Vaudeville) and Yaël Farber’s production of The Crucible (Old Vic).
Stephen King is one of the most popular authors of contemporary literature and has written 54 published novels, which have sold more than 350 million copies around the world, many of which have been adapted into feature films.
David Esbjornson is an award-winning international director and his work includes the Broadway debut and West End productions of Driving Miss Daisy starring Vanessa Redgrave, James Earl Jones and Boyd Gaines, for which David received the WhatsOnStage Award for Best Revival for the West End run. In 2005, he directed the West End premiere of Aaron Sorkin’s A Few Good Men, produced by Bill Kenwright and starring Rob Lowe.
This powerful acclaimed production is adapted by Owen O’Neill and Dave Johns with design by Gary McCann and lighting by Chris Davey.
Tickets for The Shawshank Redemption are now on sale by calling 01902 42 92 12 or online at grandtheatre.co.uk.
The New Alexandra Theatre is delighted to present its annual Stage Experience production for 2016, Grease The Musical. The show features all of the iconic songs from the universally adored 1978 motion picture that starred John Travolta and Olivia Newton John including; Grease Lightnin’, We Go Together, You’re The One That I Want and many more. Dazzling choreography, stunning costume and set pieces will light up the New Alex stage when the musical opens on Wednesday 17 August.
Now in its record-breaking 13th year, the New Alexandra Theatre’s Stage Experience production will see a cast of over one hundred local 9 – 24 year olds mount a full-scale production of the much loved movie classic, in just two weeks!
Having auditioned in May this year, participants are being put through their paces, learning intense choreography and dance routines as well as their lines. However it’s not just those in the spotlight who get the opportunity to shine at the 115-year old Station Street venue. Young people with an interest in the backstage elements of theatre turn their hands to operating lighting, sound and co-ordinating scene changes.
Speaking on the first day of rehearsals, Stage Experience producer Becky Charles said:
"Audiences have always been thoroughly surprised and impressed by the quality of previous productions and commitment from the cast.” Putting the entire show together has its challenges said Becky “For our director, Pollyann Tanner, choreographing 127 people on stage in a single moment is no easy task and she [Pollyann] will always make sure everyone gets the chance to be centre stage”.
Playing love birds Danny and Sandy are Jordan Ricketts, 18 from Telford and Georgia Anderson, 20 who both took a well-earned break from rehearsals for a milkshake at Ed’s Easy Diner in Birmingham’s Grand Central this week. “Performing such an iconic musical on the New Alexandra stage in front of a massive audience will definitely be my highlight of this entire experience! I have never faced the challenge of creating and performing a show in less than two weeks… I think I’ll learn a lot from the experience” said Jordan. Georgia added, “It is so great to be back! I had the best time in 2014 doing Footloose. It has helped me with building up my confidence, the creative team are incredible and always want to push you to the best of your ability. I have made friends for life.”
Stage Experience has provided a platform for a number of the industries finest to kick-start their career and gain invaluable performing experience. Birmingham comedian Joe Lycett whose credits include Live at the Apollo and 8 out of 10 Cats does Countdown appeared in the New Alexandra Theatre’s Stage Experience productions on two occasions, before returning to the venue in July this year to conclude his first UK tour ‘That’s The Way A-Ha A-Ha, Joe Lycett’ which played to a sold-out audience.
Robert Knight, 27 who originally hails from Halesowen has recently made his West End debut in the smash-hit musical Mamma Mia. After Stage Experience, Robert went on to train at Arts Educational School in London before landing roles in the UK Tour of GHOST The Musical which he is now also associate choreographer for. “Stage Experience gave me an insight into the real world of theatre, through a rigorous but fun rehearsal period. I would recommend it to anyone who is pursuing a career as in the arts.” said Robert.
The New Alexandra Theatre also announced the return of Stage Experience in 2017. “We’re incredibly excited to announce one of the greatest musicals of all time, West Side Story will be performed at the theatre next year” said Becky Charles, before adding “In May, we’ll be holding auditions at the theatre and we’ll be announcing further details on the Stage Experience Facebook page soon.”
To keep up to date with the latest news from the New Alexandra Theatre Stage Experience and find out how you can audition for next year’s production of West Side Story, visit: facebook.com/stageexperiencebirmingham.
Tickets for West Side Story go onsale Mon 15 Aug.
Book tickets for Grease, by visiting www.atgtickets.com/birmingham.
This year Kidderminster Operatic and Dramatic Society (KODS) is celebrating its Centenary. It is doubtful if it’s founder Mrs Ellis Talbot and friends foresaw such a long life and such an array of successes for their new creation. It is likely that they contemplated no more than a few performances to liven up the tedium of the dull and anxious days of World War I.
In 1916 Ms Ellis Talbot and the ladies of New Meeting Church decided to give a concert in aid of War Charities. Their first venture was Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience, which was a very ambitious as it was in the middle of the war and naturally there was a shortage of men. Consequently it was not possible to cast the parts of the ‘Duke’ and ‘Bunthorne’ so two young men were brought in from Birmingham. They were Mr Frank Titterton and Mr Wesley Lowe, both later became very famous. Since then, they have entertained the Wyre Forest public performing musicals, plays and concerts.
To mark this huge achievement they will be putting on numerous events throughout the year. As well as their annual musical and play at the Rose Theatre, KODS will be hosting a Summer Centenary Ball at Kidderminster Town Hall on Saturday 25 June 2016. Pulling out all the stops the night will include a champagne reception, 4 course meal and live music from the Crown Phoenix Big Band.
Pat Scully, the Patron of the society, says:
“2016 will be such an exciting year for KODS members having reached our Centenary mile stone. We are all looking forward to the many exciting celebrations taking place during the coming year.”
Throughout the past 100 years many different members have performed with KODS, with some using it as a starting block to go on to bigger things in London and the West End. It is hoped with the advent of such a special occasion that they will be able to track down as many past members as possible to join in the celebrations. Were you ever a dancer on the back row or took the lead in one of the many shows over the years? We want to hear from you and would be particularly great if you could attend our Centenary Ball.
Not only are KODS trying to track down past members, they are also looking for new faces to get involved. In March 2016 they successfully performed the energetic and colourful musical comedy 42nd Street. Next is their KODYS, Youth Show – Little Shop of Horrors (14 - 16 June), then their comedy play Play On by Rick Abbot (21 - 24 September), all at The Rose Theatre, Kidderminster.
For more information or to book a place at the ball please email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 01562 67215.
You can also follow all the news and events online. To get in touch go to www.kods.co.uk or on social media, www.facebook.com/KiddODS and on Twitter @KiddODS.
Summer is fast approaching and a company from Staffordshire are inviting you to the Cornish coast for their production of The Pirates of Penzance. From the pens of the legendary Gilbert and Sullivan, Artz Productions will be presenting this revitalised musical from the 21 - 25 June at the Stoke Rep.
Pirates (The Australian Version) has become a cult version of the well loved-operetta and can be seen regularly on Sky Arts featuring the late Jon English as the Pirate King. It follows the tale of young Frederic, an apprentice pirate who finds himself a ‘slave to his duty’ under the control of his Pirate King. As he looks to find a new life of love and happiness, his plans are thwarted by an unusual paradox, allowing for a plot of twists, turns, prancing pirates, bumbling policemen, dewy-eyed daughters and an eccentric Major General. This hilarious farce will have audiences laughing all night and dancing in the aisles as the show reaches its mega mix finale.
Artz Productions are a company based in Stoke-on-Trent who performed Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily we Roll Along in 2014. Pirates of Penzance will see 'Carl Rosa Opera' soprano Shelley Ann Rivers take on the lead role of Mabel. Shelley is no stranger to Pirates, having starred in the National UK Tour in 2010 as one of the daughters.
Pirates features some of the most famous songs ever written by Gilbert and Sullivan, and this production proves that as masters of their craft their music has stood the test of time in what is hoped to be a fantastic and innovative production.
The show runs Tuesday 21 to Saturday 25 June each evening at the Stoke Rep. For further details about the show and to place ticket orders visit www.artzproductions.com or call 01782 323050.
Welcome to the 60’s where the high energy and winner of eight Tony Awards; Hairspray The Musical is dancing its way onto the Lichfield Garrick stage this June with Sutton Coldfield Musical Theatre Company. You will be swept away to 1960s Baltimore in this smash hit musical, piled bouffant-high with laughter and romance.
Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, is on a mission to follow her dreams as she sets out to dance her way onto national TV with The Nicest Kids In Town. As she tries to make her dreams come true, she also vows to fight for equality and bring racial integration to her favourite Corny Collins Show.
Kitty Roberts has landed her dream role as Tracy Turnblad in Sutton Coldfield Musical Theatre Company’s production of Hairspray.
“I have always been performing whether it’s for my family in the front room or on a stage in front of an audience. Hairspray has always held a special place in my heart. As a plus sized girl I've always felt a special connection with Tracy and feel we share a lot in common. Finally getting to portray her on stage with such a fantastic company like SCMTC is an amazing honour. I can't wait to show the world that you can eat breakfast and change the world at the same time!”
Hairspray is the irresistible feel-good show that is guaranteed to have you dancing the night away.
Let your hair down and book now! Performances are nightly from Tuesday 31 May –Saturday 4 June, with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm Tickets are available from the Lichfield Garrick by calling 01543 415 121 or by visiting www.lichfieldgarrick.co.uk.
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