Sam Buttery To Play Leigh Bowery in New London Production of Taboo

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The new London production of Boy George's Taboo, beginning performances Sept. 6 prior to an official opening Sept. 12, will star 20-year-old newcomer Sam Buttery as Leigh Bowery.

Best known for his appearance on TV's "The Voice," on which he was mentored by Tom Jones, he was dubbed "Samarotti" when he started singing operatic tunes when he was just four years old.

In a press statement, Buttery has commented, "It's amazing to make my professional debut in a show as fabulous as Taboo. Leigh Bowery is such an icon to me, so to get the chance to play him is just phenomenal. The wonderful costumes, astounding make up and above all the fantastic shoes are going to make the show a visual treat and appearing in it, a ball. I can't wait!"

Bowery was the founder of the now infamous Thursday night disco club, Taboo — the underground venture which quickly became London's Studio 54 — with himself as its flamboyant and stylish ringleader. The Australian performance artist, club promoter, actor, pop star, model and fashion designer was based in London and came to be recognized as one of the more influential figures in 1980s and '90s London and New York art and fashion circles, influencing a generation of artists and designers.

Buttery joins the previously announced Matthew Rowland as Boy George, Paul Baker as Philip Salloon (who won the Olivier Award for originally playing this role), Adam Bailey as Marilyn, Katie Kerr as Sue Tilley, Owain Williams as Steve Strange, Niamh Perry as Kim and Alistair Brammer as Billy.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 08444 771 000, or visit

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