Judy Garland is set for another swansong with the return of the acclaimed End of the Rainbow which sets out on a UK tour in February.
A hit in the West End and on Broadway, End of the Rainbow will tour a brand new production opening at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester with Lisa Maxwell as Garland, Gary Wilmot and Sam Attwater.
It’s 1968 and Judy Garland, a once-glittering star, is in London to make her explosive comeback. But off stage, holed up in her hotel room, Judy is battling with her young new fiancé, her devoted accompanist, and her destructive addictions.
Will she be able to conquer her demons and reclaim her crown as one of history’s great musical icons?
Featuring Garland’s most memorable songs The Man That Got Away, Come Rain Or Come Shine, The Trolley Song and her signature tune, Somewhere Over The Rainbow, End of the Rainbow is a funny and emotionally charged musical play filled with the Hollywood diva’s legendary tenacity, razor-sharp wit and once-in-a-generation voice.
Lisa Maxwell is an actress and television presenter, best known for her role as Samantha Nixon in ITV’s The Bill and as a panelist on ITV’s Loose Women. Her other television credits include EastEnders, The Russ Abbot Show and The Lisa Maxwell Show.
Gary Wilmot, one of the hardest working stars of British theatre, plays Anthony.
Gary’s musical theatre credits include Me and My Girl, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Oklahoma!, The Pajama Game, The Invisible Man, Chicago, Half a Sixpence, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Carmen Jones.
Sam Attwater made his TV acting debut in 2009, playing Ricky in Hollyoaks. The following year he joined EastEnders.
On stage he has starred in The Rocky Horror Show, Dreamboats and Petticoats and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.
At certain performances the role of Judy Garland will be played by Ellen Verenieks.
End of the Rainbow first premiered at the Sydney Opera House in 2005, before playing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2006.
It returned to the UK in 2010 in a new production at Northampton Royal & Derngate, transferring to the West End the same year where it ran for six months and received four Olivier Award nominations.
2016 TOUR LISTINGS
February 12-20, COLCHESTER Mercury Theatre
February 23-27, COVENTRY Belgrade Theatre
March 1-5, AYLESBURY Waterside Theatre
March 8-12, BROMLEY Churchill Theatre
March 15-19, TORQUAY Princess Theatre
March 22-26, WINDSOR Theatre Royal
March 29-April 2, BRIGHTON Theatre Royal
April 5-9, MALVERN Festival Theatre
April 18-20, WOLVERHAMPTON Grand Theatre
April 26-30, GLASGOW King’s Theatre
May 3-7, MANCHESTER Opera House
May 9-11, BILLINGHAM Forum Theatre
May 12-14, SHEFFIELD Lyceum Theatre
May 16-18, LICHFIELD Garrick Theatre
May 19-21, NEWCASTLE Tyne Theatre & Opera House
May 24-28, RICHMOND THEATRE
May 31-June 4, BURY ST EDMUNDS Theatre Royal
June 7-11, WOKING New Victoria Theatre
June 14-18, HIGH WYCOMBE Swan Theatre
June 21-25, BIRMINGHAM New Alexandra Theatre
July 5-9, CHELTENHAM Everyman Theatre