Thursday, February 28

New Carnaby Street Musical starring Sid Owen from EastEnders and Verity Rushworth

Updated 11th March:  Sid Owen has pulled out of Carnaby Street Musical and is replaced by Aaron Sidwell. Owen has been pictured in Los Angeles where is he is staying with his friend Adele who is reportedly introducing him to movie industry contacts in a bid for him to gain work in the USA.

Carnaby Street is a new musical set London's West End in the swinging sixties with all its famous clubs, trendy fashions and eccentric characters.

It features the timeless music of great bands including The Beatles,  Rolling Stones, Manfred Mann, The Animals, The Searchers, The Kinks and  The Who. Packed with over 30 Classic Hits including:  Let's Spend the Night Together, You Really Got Me, Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood, Sweets for my Sweet, Roll Over Beethoven, Go Now Keep On Running and  You Really Got Me.

Written by Carl Leighton-Pope and Robert Johns, it will be directed by Bob Tomson (Blood Brothers, Dreamboats and Petticoats) with design by Matthew Wright, choreography by Carole Todd, lighting by Nick Richings and sound design by Ben Harrison.

Carnaby Street tells the story of Jude who is a working class boy from Liverpool who is new in town with nothing but his guitar and his dreams of fame and fortune. We follow the highs and lows of his journey in pursuit of stardom.

Sid Owen (Ricky Butcher from EastEnders) will play band manager Jumpin' Jack Flash with Verity Rushworth (Donna Windsor-Dingle from Emmerdale, Hairspray and the Sound of Music),  Tricia Adele-Turner (Legally Blonde) and Mark Pearce (Ghost, Blues Brothers) as Wild Thing.

They will be joined by  Paul Hazel, Hugo Harold-Harrison, Tom Connor, Cici Howells, Jonny Bower, Mike Slader, Lauren Storer, Gregory Clarke, Dan Smith, Lilly Howard, Claude Pelletier, Craig Anderson and Matthew Quinn.

Carnaby Street opens at the Hackney Empire in London where it runs from April 6th-14th before embarking on a UK tour to the High Wycombe Swan, Rhyl Pavilion, Hastings White Rock Theatre, Windsor theatre Royal, Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall, Manchester Opera House, Lowestoft Marina, Birmingham Alexandra, St Albans Arena and Bournemouth Pavilion where it currently ends on 29th June.

Full list of dates and booking links here

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