“It’s still a Buddy Brilliant show” Bill Hagerty, The Sun
Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story has had audiences on their feet in every corner of the globe, having been seen by more than 20 million people in over 16,000 performances worldwide.
This multi award-winning show is truly ‘The No.1 Show nationwide’ (Benedict Nightingale, The Times, 2006). Currently in residence at London’s Duchess Theatre, where it is now “officially the highest grossing show ever to have played at the Duchess Theatre" (Duchess Theatre spokesperson) the production has also just embarked on an extensive UK tour.
On 3 February 1959, as the world was perched on the most exciting musical decade in history, the young genius who made it all possible was tragically killed in a plane crash, aged just 22, leaving behind a legacy of over 30 timeless hits. Tuesday 3 February 2009 was marked with a special commemorative performance, marking the 50th anniversary of Buddy Holly’s final performance and ‘the day the music died’ (Don McLean’s American Pie).
“It’s The Show You’ll Never Forget” Daily Mail.
Now, 150,000 guitar strings since it first opened, ‘Buddy’, which introduced the concept of the rock ‘n’ roll musical to the West End, has set the benchmark and subsequent success of shows such as ‘Mamma Mia’ and ‘We Will Rock You’, and next year celebrates its 20th birthday. With over a dozen major nominations and awards behind it including 2 Olivier’s and a Tony, productions of ‘Buddy’ continue to tour the world offering a unique theatrical experience.
“Ludicrously enjoyable…exhilarating” Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph
‘Buddy’ follows the tragically short life of the star from his first recording contract through his move to New York, concluding with his fatal tour of Midwest America with Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper. Buddy sings his way from the recording studio in Nashville Tennessee to Harlem’s Apollo Theatre, culminating in a live rock ‘n’ roll extravaganza at the ‘Winter Dance Party’ finale, in a show that
features over 20 of his greatest hits including Peggy Sue, That’ll Be The Day, Oh Boy, Rave On, Heartbeat and Raining In My Heart.
“Of all the music heroes of the time, Buddy Holly was the most accessible, and he was the real thing… He was one of us” Eric Clapton
Co-written by Alan Janes and Rob Bettinson, directed by Bettinson and produced by Janes, ‘Buddy’ is a Theatre Partners Production.
Wyvern Theatre, Swindon
Mon-Thu 7.30pm, Fri & Sat 8pm, Sat 5pm
Tickets: from £15
Box office: 01793 524481