Photo First Look of rehearsals for Memphis The Musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre starring Beverley Knight.

Rehearsals for Memphis The Musical. Photo: Helen Maybanks

Rehearsals for Memphis The Musical. Photo: Helen Maybanks

Rehearsals are now underway for big new autumn musical MEMPHIS.

Coming to the Shaftesbury Theatre from 9 October 2014, the show sees the return to the West End of multi award-winning recording artist Beverley Knight, following her smash-hit performance in The Bodyguard.

Knight plays club singer Felicia Farrell in the show, alongside stage star Killian Donnelly as radio DJ Huey Calhoun.

Winner of four Tony Awards on Broadway including Best Musical, MEMPHIS has a Grammy Award-winning original score by Bon Jovi founder David Bryan and a book by Joe DiPietro.

Other cast in the show include Rolan Bell as Delray, Tyrone Huntley as Gator, Claire Machin as Gladys, Jason Pennycooke as Bobby and Mark Roper as Mr. Simmons, alongside Keisha Atwell, Arielle Campbell, Mark Carroll, Joseph Davenport, Momar Diagne, Carly Mercedes Dyer, Kimmy Edwards, Hillary Elk, Laura Ellis, Charlotte Gorton, Benjamin Harrold, Waylon Jacobs, Rachel John, Dean Maynard, Devon McKenzie-Smith, Tim Newman, Simon Ray-Harvey, Jon Robyns, Ashley Rumble, Kyle Seeley, Helen Siveter, Dawnita Smith, and Alex Thomas.

The show is inspired by true events from the Memphis underground dance clubs of the 1950’s and charts the fame and forbidden love of a radio DJ and a club singer.

The show is directed by Christopher Ashley, with choreography by Sergio Trujillo.

Photos by Helen Maybanks

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