Dreamboats And Petticoats @edinplayhouse #Theatre #Musical #Review

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Written by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, the writers behind TV classics ‘Goodnight Sweetheart’, ‘Birds of a Feather’, ‘The New Statesmen’ and ‘Shine On Harvey Moon’, the show features classic tracks from Roy Orbison, The Shadows, Eddie Cochran, Billy Fury, and many more. Dreamboats and Petticoats The Musical is produced by Bill Kenwright and Laurie Mansfield in association with Universal Music. Tickets are now on sale.

Set in 1961, emotions are running high as young musicians Norman and Bobby compete to win a national song writing competition – and, more importantly, the attention of the gorgeous Sue! But when Bobby discovers that shy Laura is no slouch on the piano, love and rock‘n’roll fame beckons.

The dazzling success of the first five albums in the Dreamboats and Petticoats series sent the message loud and clear. With over 4 million copies sold and several weeks at the Number One spot in the compilation charts, the Great British public were saying that they didn’t just want to listen to pure nostalgia: they’d love to see it as well.
Inspired by the smash hit multi-million selling CD albums Dreamboats and Petticoats One, Two, Three, Four and Five, the West End sell-out sensation Dreamboats and Petticoats The Musical features some of the greatest hit songs of the Rock ‘n’ Roll era. These include Let’s Dance, To Know Him Is To Love Him, Shaking All Over, Bobby’s Girl, Little Town Flirt, Only Sixteen, Runaround Sue, Happy Birthday Sweet 16, Let It Be Me, Great Pretender, C’mon Everybody, Let’s Twist Again and many more hits from music’s golden era!

My Review

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I was in Edinburgh last night at The Playhouse Theatre, to review Dreamboats and Petticoats. I had a preconceived notion that it would be a stage setting with only a band and some singers. But I was very wrong, this was a full stage production with an entertaining and amusing storyline.  Including an energetic and upbeat cast. Full of great songs and excitement which was contagious.

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There was no weak link in the cast. They could all sing and act wonderfully.  Stand out performances for me were Elizabeth Carter who stole the show as Laura and David Luke as Ray, with a vocal range that nearly lifted the roof of The Playhouse!

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It’s very important to note that all the music is played and sung live during the show. With an accomplished band, present on the stage throughout the production.  What was clear from start to finish was the camaraderie the cast had together.

I highly recommend this show. It has the feel good factor all over it from start to finish. The audience was a mix of teenagers and those of a mature age. All dancing along to the fabulous songs.

Book your tickets today!

The full cast includes:

 Jimmy Johnston as Phil/Older Bobby

Alistair Higgins as Bobby

Alistair Hill as Norman

Elizabeth Carter as Laura

Laura Darton as Sue

Gracie Johnson as Donna

David Luke as Ray

Henry Alexander as Colin

Jay Osborne as Richard

Rob Gathercole  as Jeremy

Lauren Chinery as Babs

Josh Tye as Derek

Sheridan Lloyd as Andy

Billy Stookes as Barry

Mike Lloyd as Frank/Slugger

Chloe Edwards-Woods as Daisy/Brenda

Alan Howell as Eric

Stephanie Hackett as ASM/Swing

The production is running at The Playhouse in Edinburgh until the 13th of May. Check tour dates below for your area.


8 – 13 May                                                                          Box Office: 0844 871 3014
Edinburgh Playhouse                                                     Website: atgtickets.com

12 – 17 June                                                                       Box Office: 0844 871 7648
Glasgow Kings Theatre                                                  Website: atgtickets.com

19 – 24 June                                                                       Box Office: 0844 871 3022
Sunderland Empire Theatre                                        Website: atgtickets.com

26 June – 1 July                                                                 Box Office: 0114 249 6000
Sheffield Lyceum                                                             sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

3 – 8 July                                                                              Box Office: 0844 871 7652
Milton Keynes Theatre                                                  Website: atgtickets.com

10 – 15 July                                                                         Box Office: 0844 848 2700
Leeds Grand Theatre                                                     Website: leedsgrandtheatre.com

17 – 22 July                                                                         Box Office: 0844 871 3023
Torquay Princess Theatre                                             Website: atgtickets.com

24 – 29 July                                                                         Box Office: 0844 871 3012
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre                                        Website: atgtickets.com

31 July – 5 August                                                            Box Office: 0844 871 3017
Liverpool Empire Theatre                                             Website: atgtickets.com

7 – 12 August                                                                     Box Office: 01603 630000
Norwich Theatre Royal                                                  Website: theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

22 – 26 August                                                                    Box Office: 02380 711811
Southampton Mayflower Theatre                            Website: mayflower.org.uk

28 August – 2 September                                             Box Office: 01702 351135
Southend Cliffs Pavilion                                                Website: southendtheatres.org.uk

Huge thanks to the Grant T @edinplayhouse for the review invitation. 

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