Duchess Theatre
Catherine Street WC2B 5LA
Duchess Theatre 3D mapMap ©Silvermaze Ltd 2008
Duchess theatre photoPhoto ©Tony Reading 2008
Show Details
Preview 3rd Aug 07
Opens 7th Aug 07
Closes 7th Feb 09
Show Times
Monday - Thursday 7.30 pm
5.30 & 8.30pm
Saturday 5.00 & 8.00 pm

Local Info
Top Class restaurants nearby;

Beotys (Greek & Trad English)
79 St Martin's Lane
020 7836 8768
Mon Plaisir (French)
21 Monmouth Street
020 7836 7243
Browns (British & European)
82 St Martin's Lane
020 7497 5050

Book Now Great Hotel Deals
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The Late Rooms online hotel booking service is the best one - backed by men and women, to get the best central hotel for your needs and offer great deals as well. We use them ourselves.
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A note from the author

We put this AVMovie together (a compilation of still photos and video clips) to show off London theatres as they are seen most often by theatre goers – by night.

Thanks to Ben Shafik for his lighthearted and  informative commentary and Fionn O'Lochlainn for the original music.

Watch out for the new version with current liveries and the names of the theatres as they appear.

The musical Buddy was conceived by Londoner Laurie Mansfield  Its terrific successl is probably because it features 20 of his hits and they are sung (and danced) with high energy and verve - and it's a way to watch music live.  

The show corrected the inaccuracies of the film and, with Paul McCartney's help, in 1989 it ran for over 12 years in the west End.  It was dubbed a juke-box musical since when the West End has been alive with the sound of jukebox musicals. It has been strongly mooted that the success is also due to the public's interest in rock and roll. (not this rock and that rock).  Buddy Holly was an early progenitor of rock and roll in it's heart and essence.  This is one of those shows that has audiences on their feet. Even dancing in the aisles

There is a book book co-written by Alan Janes and Rob Bettinson

If anyone asks you what kind of music you play, tell him 'pop.' Don't tell him 'rock'n'roll' or they won't even let you in the hotel....

....Without Elvis none of us could have made it.
Buddy Holly

The story
It's about the 3 years of Buddy's career from his first record through to his move to New York.  It details his tour of Midwest America with The Big Bopper and the plane crash that killed him - cutting his certain massive stardom to a short 3 years which nonetheless saw him as the top recording artist in the world and changed pop music.

•  Buddy -  Dean Elliott / Matthew Wycliffe •  Maria Elena - Lucia Rovardi •  Big Bopper - Lee Ormsby •  Richie Valens - Miguel Angel •  Gavin Barnes •  Hayley Berkley •  Chris Grahamson •  Kerry James •  Greg Last •  Mike Lloyd •  Sean Needham •  Wendy Paver •  Nick Sayce

 • Director    - Rob Bettinson  • Design  - Adrian Rees  • Lighting - Joe Atkins  • Costume - Bill Butler  •  Sound  - Pete Cox  • Producer  •- Alan Janes
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