Tue 29 March – Sat 2 April 2016
Thu & Sat mats 2.30pm
Starring Lisa Maxwell as Judy Garland
The tragic last days of legendary star Judy Garland are played out in vivid reality in front of the audience in this spectacular show.
Judy Garland, born in 1922, Minnesota USA, is perhaps best remembered for starring in the 1939 version of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ alongside Mickey Rooney.
Sadly by 1969 she was suffering from the effects of excessive consumption of drink and drugs. She died on June 22 of that year in Chelsea, UK.
The play is set mostly in her hotel suite in London shortly before her death from an overdose. Lisa Maxwell plays a convincing Garland permanently drunk and losing her grip on reality.
Written by Peter Quilter and directed by Daniel Buckroyd the show alternates between the hotel suite and the theatre where she is trying to make a comeback.
Sam Attwater plays Ms Garland’s fiance Mickey Deans who is trying to make a name for himself on the back of her stardom. Gary Wilmot gives an excellent performance as best friend Anthony Chapman.
The stage sets were good and very realistic yet watching an alcoholic drink herself to death is always traumatic.
Well done Theatre Royal Brighton for hosting a very compelling if somewhat gritty drama.
A hit in the West End and on Broadway, END OF THE RAINBOW returns to Theatre Royal Brighton by popular demand, playing at Theatre Royal Brighton as part of a major new UK tour, starring Lisa Maxwell as Judy Garland.
It’s 1968 and Judy Garland, a once-glittering star, is in London to make her explosive comeback.
But off stage, holed up in her hotel room, Judy is battling with her young new fiancé, her devoted accompanist, and her destructive addictions.
Will she be able to conquer her demons and reclaim her crown as one of history’s great musical icons?
Featuring Garland’s most memorable songs The Man That Got Away, Come Rain Or Come Shine, The Trolley Song and of course Somewhere Over The Rainbow, END OF THE RAINBOW is a fiercely funny and emotionally charged musical play filled with Garland’s legendary tenacity, razor-sharp wit and once-in-a-generation voice.
Lisa Maxwell will play Judy Garland. Lisa is an actress and television presenter, best known for her role as Samantha Nixon in ITV’s The Bill from 2002 and 2009, and as a panelist on ITV’s Loose Women from 2009 – 2014.
Other television credits include EastEnders, The Russ Abbot Show and The Lisa Maxwell Show.
Gary Wilmot will play Anthony. Gary’s musical theatre stardom began when he played Bill Snibson in the hit production of Me and My Girl at the Adelphi Theatre.
His many theatre credits include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (West End and Tour), Oklahoma! (UK Tour), The Pajama Game (Shaftesbury Theatre), The Invisible Man (Menier Chocolate Factory), Chicago (UK Tour), Half a Sixpence (UK Tour), HMS Pinafore and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London Palladium), Carmen Jones (Old Vic) and Copacabana (World Premiere, Prince of Wales Theatre).
Sam Attwater will play Mickey. Sam made his TV acting debut in 2009, playing Ricky in Hollyoaks. The following year he joined EastEnders and its online spinoff EastEnders: E20, as Leon Small.
Stage credits include Brad in the 40th Anniversary tour of The Rocky Horror Show, Dreamboats and Petticoats in the West End, and the 2014 UK Tour of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.
Sam won the sixth series of ITV’s Dancing on Ice in 2011, and returned for the ‘All Stars’ series in 2014.
END OF THE RAINBOW first premiered at the Sydney Opera House in 2005, before playing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2006.
It returned to the UK in 2010 in a new production at Northampton Royal & Derngate, transferring to the West End the same year where it ran for 6 months and received four Olivier Award nominations.
A Broadway run followed in 2012, where it received three Tony Award nominations. It is written by Peter Quilter, whose plays have been presented in over 40 countries around the world and translated into 30 languages.
For End of the Rainbow, Peter received an Olivier Award nomination for Best New Play. Other plays include Glorious!, which opened at the West End’s Duchess Theatre in 2005 starring Maureen Lipman, where it was nominated for the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy.
END OF THE RAINBOW will be directed by Daniel Buckroyd.
Daniel has been Artistic Director of the Mercury Theatre, Colchester since July 2012, where credits include Aladdin, Noises Off, Cinderella, Macbeth, Betty Blue Eyes, The Opinion Makers, The Butterfly Lion, The History Boys, The Hired Man and Michael Morpurgo’s Friend Or Foe. It is designed by David Shields.
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