Dusty at Charing Cross Theatre tickets
Dusty at Charing Cross Theatre tickets

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About the show

A world premiere of a new musical celebrating the life and loves of Dusty Springfield opens at London’s Charing Cross Theatre in May 2015. Dusty documents the highs and lows of one of Britain’s beloved performers, showcasing some of her greatest hits through a multimedia extravaganza that combines live performance with cutting edge 3D technology. Described as a “fusion musical”, Dusty allows audiences to experience the icon herself live on stage, interspersed with live action music and dance.

Written by Duncan Sibbald and Kim Weild, Dusty is told through the eyes of Nancy Jones, a close childhood friend who accompanied her on her journey to fame. Through the musical, we discover how Dusty Springfield rose from a middle-class suburban Londoner to one of the world’s best-known soul singers, watching her chase a unique sound with a huge determination to succeed. Well-known for revolutionising the way music was produced; recording her songs in toilets and corridors to produce the sound she wanted, Dusty is interspersed with some of her greatest hits, including “I Only Want to Be with You”, “I Just Don’t Know What to Do with Myself” and “Son of a Preacher Man”, amongst many more.

Ellie Ann-Lowe stars as Dusty, whose original name was Mary O’Brien, alongside Francesca Jackson (Dreamboats and Petticoats, Rent) as Nancy Jones. Further cast members include Harvey Robinson as Dave Dean, Matt Blaker as Johnny Franz, Leo Elso as Dion O’Brien/Tom Springfield, Luke Thornton as Douggie Reece, Ellen Verenieks as Kay O’Brien, Graham Kent as Gerard O’Brien, Oliver Lynes as Vic Billings, Megan Makin as Lynne Abrams, Jemma Geanaus as Maddie, Sienne Sebek as Norma and Witney White as Martha.

Directed by Chris Cowey (The Tube, Top of the Pops), Dusty features choreography by Joey McKneely (West Side Story), set design by Phil Lindley, lighting design by Eugene O’Connor and Richard Williamson, sound design by Paul Gavin and James Nicholson, with musical direction by Dean Austin. A breath-taking, whirlwind insight into the life of a hugely popular female artists, Dusty is the celebratory musical about Britain’s finest blue-eyed soul singer.

Recommended for

Fans of Dusty Springfield and her music will find this an interesting insight into the behind-the-scenes, featuring an abundance of her well-known musical tunes. 3D technology truly brings her to life!

Dates and times

Running time: 135 minutes
Opened: 25 May 2015
Press night: 03 Jun 2015
Booking from: 19 Nov 2015
Booking until: 19 Nov 2015

Location and map

Charing Cross Theatre
The Arches, Villiers Street
London, WC2N 6NG

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