Direct from its smash hit Broadway run and a triumphant 55-city North American
tour, the multi award-winning musical
is set to be London’s hottest new destination!
In the underground nightclubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, the soul of a new era is dawning as the first incredible sounds of rock ‘n’ roll, blues and gospel are emerging into the mainstream.
Falling in love with a beautiful club singer, one young man’s vision to bring her voice and her music out of the clubs and onto the airwaves of America will fly in the face of cultural divides and spark a music revolution that will shake the world.
Starring the Queen of British Soul, multi-award-winning recording artist Beverley Knight (The Bodyguard), with original songs by GRAMMY® winner and Bon Jovi co-founder David Bryan, and a gripping true-life inspired story from writer Joe DiPietro, MEMPHIS will leave you exhilarated by its explosive blend of electrifying music, soaring emotion and roof-raising energy.
Beverley Knight - Rachel Marron
Queen of British Soul Beverley Knight has been one of the UK’s most consistent artists of the past 15 years, scoring several Top 10 albums, including the platinum-selling Voice: The Best of Beverley Knight. She has sold over a million albums in the UK, including four gold certified albums. She was awarded an MBE by The Queen in 2007 for her services to British music and her charity work, has won three MOBO Awards, and been nominated for Best Female at the Brit Awards three times and for the Mercury Music Prize twice. Her live performances have gained her a legion of famous fans, from David Bowie to Prince, Take That to Quincy Jones.
Performances include: supporting Prince at his 21 Nights O2 shows in 2007 and he was so taken by Beverley’s live set that he flew her to LA in 2008 to perform with him at his post-Oscars party, where they were joined on stage by Stevie Wonder. She supported Take That on their reunion arena tour, joining them on stage for ‘Relight My Fire’. Wolverhampton-born Beverley has toured the UK several times in her own right over the last decade and a half and has sold out London’s Royal Albert Hall on three occasions since she debuted there in 2007.
Recordings include: her latest critically acclaimed album, Soul UK, which entered the Top 15 in 2011, in which she pays tribute to the British soul artists who inspired her, including Soul II Soul, Loose Ends, Omar and Roachford. Also 2009's 100%, her first independently released album, as well as Music City Soul and gold selling albums Prodigal Sista, Who I Am and Affirmation. Beverley is currently working on her eighth studio album.
Radio and television include: presenting four series of Beverley’s Gospel Nights (Radio 2) and two series of Just the Two of Us (BBC1). In the last few years she has been a semi-regular guest on Loose Women as well as winning BBC1’s Celebrity Mastermind.
Other work includes: Beverley is an ambassador for charities including Christian Aid and has travelled to areas affected by disease and poverty to help raise awareness. She is an active campaigner for anti-Aids organisations the Stop AIDS Campaign and the Terrence Higgins Trust. In summer 2012, she wowed a 1 billion viewing audience with the song ‘I Am What I Am’ at the finale of the London 2012 Paralympics Opening Ceremony. Speaking after the ceremony, Beverley said: ‘Being a part of the show was not only awe inspiring but thought provoking. I was so proud to have been sharing the stage with true supermen and women.’
Most recently, Beverley made her west end debut as 'Rachel Maroon' in The Bodyguard at the Adelphi Theatre.
Killan Donnelly - Deco
Killian is originally from Dublin, Ireland.
Theatre includes : Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre), Enjolras in Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre), before which he understudied and played the roles of Jean Valjean and Javert, Collins in Michael Collins (Cork Opera House), Sweeney Todd (Gate Theatre, Dublin), Ethan Girard in The Full Monty (Olympia Theatre), Tony in West Side Story (The Solstice), Declan in The Wireman (Gaiety Theatre) and Rod in Singin’ in the Rain (Olympia Theatre).
Concerts include : The Phantom of
the Opera 25th Anniversary (Royal Albert Hall), Courfeyrac in Les Misérables
25th Anniversary (o2 Arena), You Should Be Dancing (National Concert Hall,
Dublin) and Les Misérables (Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Isle of Wight).
Television includes : Showbands (BBC), The Last Furlong (RTE), Batchelors Walk (RTE), The Tudors (BBC), The Late Late Show (RTE) and Open House (RTE).
Films include : Combeferre in Les Misérables (Working Title Films) directed by Tom Hooper.
Most recently: Tony in Billy Elliot the Musical (Victoria Palace Theatre) and currently starring as Deco in The Commitments
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When: Saturday 14th
Price: £36 (Normally £67.50 plus fees)
Seats are in the forward section of the stalls.
Where: Shaftesbury Theatre, 210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, United Kingdom, WC2H 8DP
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The cast may change at short notice due to illness or unforeseen circumstances.