Arturo Brachetti – Change to Play West End's Garrick; Writer Foley Directs

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Renowned Italian quick-change artist Arturo Brachetti – named in the Guinness Book of Records 2006 and 2007 as the fastest quick-change artist in the world — will launch the world premiere of his new show, Arturo Brachetti – Change at the West End's Garrick Theatre,

Performances will begin Oct. 19 prior to an official opening Oct. 26. The production is currently booking through Jan. 3, 2010.

The show is written and directed by Sean Foley, whose previous collaborations on Do You Come Here Often and The Play What I Wrote respectively won Oliviers for Best Entertainment and Best Comedy in 1999 and 2002. When The Play What I Wrote transferred to Broadway's Lyceum Theatre in 2003, the show was nominated for the 2003 Tony Award for Best Special Thearical Event.

According to press materials, Brachetti's new show sees him bringing over 100 characters to the stage. From James Bond to the Queen via Johnny Rotten, he transforms between characters in the blink of an eye in an astonishing display of the time-honored art of quick change, which has been practiced in Italy since the sixteenth century. In the new show Change, he tells the story of a legendary artiste of the Golden Age of cabaret, an unparalleled theatre magician, who, after a career that has taken him to some of the greatest theatres in the world, will finally take his place on the stage of London's West End.

Brachetti has previously been seen in the West End in Y in 1983 at the Piccadilly Theatre, which he conceived and performed in and for which he was nominated for the 2003 Olivier Award for Most Promising Newcomer of the Year in Theatre. In 1992 he was seen in Tony Harrison's Square Rounds at the National's Olivier Theatre. In 1999 he created his signature show A Man with a Thousand Faces, which has been seen by over 1,250,000 people all over the world and has won the Molière Award in Paris (equivalent to Britain's Olivier Award) and Quebec's Olivier Award.

Arturo Brachetti – Change is produced by Just for Laughs. To book tickets, contact the box office at 0844 412 4662 or visit

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