JACKIE the Musical to tour the UK in 2016
November 10, 2015  //  By:   //  News  //  Comments are off

jackie-logoWritten by Mike James, with choreography by Arlene Phillips and directed by Anna Linstrum, JACKIE THE MUSICAL will begin a nationwide tour in Spring 2016 at the Gardyne Theatre in Dundee.  Launching in Dundee, the spiritual home of Jackie magazine and location of the first editorial offices, the tour of JACKIE THE MUSICAL starts at the Gardyne Theatre on Friday 11th March.  Supported by Jackie publishers DC Thomson, former magazine Editor Nina Myskow joins the production as Editor-in-Chief, and will head up a brand new digital/online TV channel JACKIE TV. 

Once there was a time with no mobile phones, no apps, no texting, no e-mails and no twitter.  Angst ridden teenage girls waited with bated breath by the letterbox for their weekly issue of Jackie Magazine… unless their big sister got there first!  Jackie accompanied millions of girls through their teenage years in the ‘70’s and 80’s, years of boy trouble, ironing hair and problem solving from resident agony aunts, Cathy and Claire. The magazine supported and inspired those girls and, best of all, it was great fun.

JACKIE THE MUSICAL revisits those heady days, and tells the story of a fifty-something divorcée who revisits her stash of well-thumbed Jackie magazines for the same reason she first read them nearly forty years ago: advice on how best to navigate the opposite sex.

The quizzes, the fashion tips, the ‘do’s and don’ts on a first date’ and above all the Cathy and Claire problem pages are all devoured eagerly by our plucky heroine ‘Jackie’  as she revisits the dizzy world of the teen bible.  With her ex and a handsome new guy both on the scene, the valuable lessons she learnt as a girl begin to influence her future and Jackie discovers the one person in control of her life is – her.

Funny and feisty, with a sound track featuring the era’s most beloved and memorable hits, including the sounds of Pop Idols Donny Osmond, David Cassidy and Marc Bolan played live on stage, the show promises a whirlwind tour of Planet Seventies and a most fabulous night out!

Janet Dibley plays ‘Jackie’.  Janet became a household name in the 1980s, co-starring with Nicholas Lyndhurst in ITV’s primetime The Two of Us, playing ‘Elaine Walker’ for all four series. She went on to star as Lorna Cartwright in Eastenders, Carol McGarry in four series of Kay Mellor’s Fat Friends, ‘Deborah Johnson’ in The Chase and most recently as ‘Chaz Moore’, in Broadchurch.  Janet joined the cast of the BBC soap Doctors in 2010 as series regular ‘Dr Elaine Cassidy’ a role she played for over two years, and which also saw her writing for the show.  Her theatre roles include the 2014 tour of Kindertransport, Absent Friends and Could Be Any One of Us at Scarborough, ‘Sarah’ in Richard Eyre’s National Theatre Production of Guys and Dolls and ‘Julie Jordan’ in Stephen Pimlott’s Carousel at the Manchester Royal Exchange.

Best known for his role as ‘Anthony Trueman’ in EastEnders, Nicholas Bailey was most recently seen on stage in the critically acclaimed production The Invisible at the Bush Theatre, London. Other television work includes Siblings and Doctors, whilst past credits include Anubis House, Miranda and Law & Order: UK.

Graham Bickley plays ‘John’ and Nicholas Bailey plays MaxGraham Bickley became a household name playing ‘Joey Boswell’ in Carla Lane’s much loved BBC TV series Bread.  He has starred in a host of hit West End musicals, including Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Sunset Boulevard and Ragtime, for which received an Olivier Award nomination.  He regularly appears with the BBC Concert Orchestra and in concert halls across the country.

Nina Myskow says: “I’m so proud to have been editor of Jackie in its golden years in the 70’s. It always was a girl’s best friend, but I could never have imagined then that its spirit of fun and warmth would live on to become a musical today. It’s such a brilliant idea, and I’m absolutely thrilled that I’m going to be involved, all over again. How exciting! And I can’t wait to see it, to hear the music, and to be transported back to a time when we were all young, and not just young at heart.”


JACKIE THE MUSICAL 2016 (Further dates to be added)

11-12 March           Dundee Gardyne Theatre SOLD OUT

15-19 March           Coventry Belgrade Theatre

22-26 March           Bromley Churchill Theatre

29 March-2 April   The Alhambra Theatre Bradford

5-9 April                  Brighton Theatre Royal

12-16 April              Edinburgh Kings Theatre

19-23 April              The Grand Theatre Blackpool

26-30 April              Perth Concert Hall

10-14 May               Wycombe Swan

17-21 May               Manchester Opera House

24-28 May               Birmingham Alexandra Theatre

7-11 June                Wimbledon New Theatre

14-18 June              The Orchard Theatre Dartford

21-25 June              Malvern Festival Theatre

28 June-2 July       Liverpool Empire

12-16 July               Inverness Eden Court

19-23 July               His Majesty’s Theatre Aberdeen

26-30 July               King’s Theatre Glasgow

JACKIE THE MUSICAL was commissioned by the Gardyne Theatre where the show premiered to critical and public acclaim in Autumn 2013.  The 2016 UK tour is produced by The Gardyne Theatre, Arden Entertainment and Sally Wood, supported by DC Thomson.