Brand new stage musical Summer Holiday is set to tour the UK from May 2018, with the famous red double-decker bus making its first stop at the Liverpool Empire on Tuesday 8th May.
Based on the iconic 1960’s film of the same name, starring Cliff Richard and The Shadows, Summer Holiday will include all of the number one hits from the movie, plus some additional Cliff Richard classics.
Joining previously announced singer-songwriter Ray Quinn is 70s legend Bobby Crush, who will be playing the role of Jerry for the first eight weeks of the UK tour.
Few entertainers can claim to have had as varied a career as Bobby Crush. Famous in the UK for 45 years primarily as a pianist, but also as a songwriter, actor, broadcaster and television presenter, Bobby rose to fame after six winning appearances on Opportunity Knocks (ITV). West End successes include three seasons at the London Palladium alongside Jack Jones, Vic Damone and Dame Julie Andrews. He also spent a year with Max Bygraves in SwingalongaMax at the Victoria Palace and was chosen to appear for Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother at The Royal Variety Performance. Bobby has also appeared in four musicals starring as Dr. Frank N. Furter in The Rocky Horror Show, Vernon Gersch in They’re Playing Our Song, L.M. in Pump Boys and Dinettes and Billy Flynn in Chicago at top theatres around the United Kingdom. Bobby’s debut album ‘Bobby Crush’ reached the UK top 20, and he plays the role of Pharaoh on Pickwick’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. TV credits include two series of Sounds Like Music (ITV) as the show’s host, and most recently, Bobby has been playing Billy Sparkle in the popular TV comedy Benidorm (ITV). In April Bobby will be seen on a major new series for ITV called Last Laugh in Vegas, which documents Bobby’s American debut alongside 7 other legendary British acts and their adventure to star in a Las Vegas show.
Summer Holiday tells the story of Don and his fellow London Transport mechanics as they journey together in a red double-decker bus through Paris, the Alps, Italy and Greece. Along the way they pick up a girl singing group and a young American pop star who is on the run from her domineering mother!
This hit – filled musical features many of 1960’s biggest songs including In the Country, Summer Holiday, Travellin’ Light, Bachelor Boy, Move It, Living Doll, The Young Ones and On the Beach.
SUMMER HOLIDAY – 2018 UK TOUR DATES
Tuesday 8 – Saturday 12 May Liverpool Empire
Tuesday 15 – Saturday 19 May Milton Keynes Theatre
Tuesday 22 – Saturday 26 May New Victoria Theatre, Woking
Tuesday 29 May – Saturday 2 June Grand Opera House, York
Tuesday 5 – Saturday 9 June Churchill Theatre, Bromley
Tuesday 12 – Saturday 16 June New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
Tuesday 19 – Saturday 23 June Edinburgh Playhouse
Tuesday 26 – Saturday 30 June Theatre Royal, Plymouth
Tuesday 17 – Saturday 21 July Theatre Royal, Brighton
Tuesday 24 – Saturday 28 July Blackpool Winter Gardens
Tuesday 30 July – Saturday 4 August Leeds Grand Theatre
Tuesday 14 – Saturday 18 August Wales Millennium Centre
Tuesday 22 – Saturday 27 August Cliffs Pavilion, Southend
Tuesday 4 – Saturday 8 September Orchard Theatre, Dartford
Tuesday 11 – Saturday 15 September Chester Storyhouse
Tuesday 18 – Saturday 22 September New Wimbledon Theatre
Tuesday 25 – Saturday 29 September Darlington Hippodrome
Tuesday 2 – Saturday 6 October Regent Theatre, Stoke
Tuesday 23 – Saturday 27 October Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
Tuesday 30 October – Saturday 3 November Kings Theatre, Glasgow