Much-loved British entertainer Des O’Connor has joined the cast of hit musical Dreamboats and Petticoats at the Playhouse Theatre in London.
Despite a record-breaking career that has included TV, movies and albums, he has never performed in a West End show, and so makes his London theatre debut in the musical at the Playhouse Theatre in London from 3 October 2011, appearing until 7 January 2012.
Des plays the ‘Older Bobby’ and ‘Phil – Bobby’s Dad’ who runs the youth club around which the celebrated Olivier Award nominated production is based. The parts have been adapted slightly to bring in more humour between him and his son, played in the show by Scott Bruton.
Star of stage, screen and music, Des was awarded the CBE in 2008 for his services to Entertainment and Broadcasting and is widely regarded as one of the the UK’s best loved and most respected stars.
Since his first TV appearance in 1963 he has starred in his own shows for over 45 years – longer than anyone else anywhere in the world.
His most recent titles include the Des O’Connor Tonight specials, the award-winning ITV talk show Today with des and Mel and his interview this year on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories, which was the highest rated of the series.
He is also a hugely successful music and recording artist, having produced no less than 36 albums, selling over 16 million copies to date, and spending a staggering 117 weeks in the top ten of the charts.
On stage, Des has appeared at the MGM Grand Las Vegas, The Sydney Opera House and over 1,000 times at the London Palladium, but his appearance in Dreamboats will mark his first time ever in a West End musical.
Dreamboats and Petticoats is written by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, and features songs from Roy Orbison, The Everly Brothers, Neil Sedaka, Eddie Cochran, Dion, Del Shannon and many more.