West End's End of the Rainbow Extends Booking Through April

News   West End's End of the Rainbow Extends Booking Through April
End of the Rainbow, a new play by Peter Quilter featuring Tracie Bennett as Judy Garland during the last months of her life, is extending its run at the West End's Trafalgar Studios.

Tracie Bennett
Tracie Bennett Photo by Nobby Clarke

The play, which began performances Nov. 15 prior to an official opening Nov. 22, is now booking through April 16. (It was originally only booking to March 5, 2011).

First produced in its current incarnation at Northampton's Royal and Derngate last February, it has previously been seen produced at the fringe New End and at the Edinburgh Fringe in different versions and productions. Now directed by Terry Johnson (currently represented on Broadway by his production of La Cage aux Folles), the show features such songs as "The Man That Got Away," "Come Rain or Come Shine," "The Trolley Song" and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." According to press materials, the show is set in Garland's hotel room, where, with a new young fiancé by her side, she battles with drugs and alcohol as she undertakes a series of concerts at the Talk of the Town cabaret venue in a bid to reclaim her crown as the greatest talent of her generation. But within six months, she will be dead at the age of just 47, her body wrecked by the legendary amounts of drink and drugs she had been consuming since a teenager.

The cast also includes Hilton McRae as Anthony, Garland's devoted Scottish pianist and musical director; Stephen Hagan as about-to-be-husband number five Mickey Deanes; Robin Browne as Radio Interviewer, Porter and Stage Manager; plus a six-piece onstage band, under the musical direction of Gareth Valentine.

The production is designed by William Dudley with sound design by Gareth Owen and lighting by Simon Corder. It is presented in the West End by Lee Dean, Jenny Topper, Laurence Myers, Charles Diamond and Hilary Williams in association with Royal & Derngate, Northampton.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 871 7632, or visit www.endoftherainbowlondon.com.


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