Swinging sweethearts Pete ‘n’ Keely come to Tristan Bates Theatre


 

 

The European premiere of the off-Broadway musical hit, Pete ‘n’ Keely comes to London’s Tristan Bates Theatre this May starring David Bardsley and Katie Kerr.

This award-winning musical is set in 1968. America’s Swingin’ Sweethearts, Pete Bartel and Keely Stevens, are performing live on national television!

The only catch? They haven’t spoken to each other in five years. As the inevitable blow-up gets closer, the songs become increasingly double-edged.

Through a non-stop parade of song hits from the ’50s and ’60s – highlighted by elaborately staged flashbacks – Pete and Keely relive the roller coaster ride that got them where they are today… divorced.

Pete and Keely have some unfinished business and the tension bubbling beneath the show’s glitzy surface threatens to boil over at any moment in a confrontation that will definitely not be ready for prime time.

History repeats itself, live and in full colour, as Pete and Keely head towards a conclusion that’s at once uproariously funny and surprisingly touching.

Director Matthew Gould said: “From the moment I was introduced to Pete ‘n’ Keely last year all my childhood memories of illicitly watching American comedy sketch shows on my tiny black and white TV in my bedroom came flooding back.

“Memories that were in black and white but now will be realised in full bodied ’60s colour as we embrace the joy, laughter and sheer bloody talent of Pete and Keely as they reunite for one final TV spectacular”.

Pete ‘n’ Keely runs at The Tristan Bates Theatre from May 2-20.

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