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Are you ready to be transported back in time to the golden age of Hollywood? Introducing the must-see show Love Goddess, the Rita Hayworth Musical. This stunning production tells the incredible story of one of the greatest movie stars to ever grace the silver screen.

From her humble beginnings as a dancer and actress, to her rise to fame as the embodiment of glamour and beauty, this show will have you captivated from start to finish. Follow the journey of Rita Hayworth, Fred Astaire’s all-time favourite dance partner, and the woman Orson Welles couldn’t resist.

Featuring breathtaking music, stunning choreography, and a talented cast, Love Goddess, the Rita Hayworth Musical is a must-see for any fan of classic Hollywood. Don’t miss your chance to see this mesmerizing tribute to one of the greatest stars of all time. Get your tickets now!

Love Goddess features five actor-singers led by Almog Pail, portraying over 40 characters, with 12 original songs by composer-lyricist Logan Medland.

Love Goddess, the Rita Hayworth Musical runs until 23 December 2022 at the Cockpit Theatre London NW8 8EH.

What's the story of Love Goddess, the Rita Hayworth Musical?

Considered by many to be the most beautiful woman of her day, Fred Astaire’s all-time favourite dance partner, and the bride Orson Welles wanted more than any other woman in the world, there is only one Rita Hayworth.

Crowned the ‘Love Goddess’ by her adoring fans, Rita Hayworth thrilled studio executives and movie audiences alike, generating big box office in 1940s/50s Hollywood. Yet she struggled to identify with the bombshell image projected of her, marrying and divorcing five different men in her search for a partner who loved her for who she truly was.

As Hayworth’s story unfolds, we meet Orson Welles, Fred Astaire, Harry Cohn and other extraordinary figures in her life, all presented through the fractured prism of her deteriorating memory due to a then unknown cause: Alzheimer’s.

Who are the creative team of Love Goddess, the Rita Hayworth Musical?

Conceived by Almog Pail with Book by Almog Pail & Stephen Garvey, Music & Lyrics by Logan Medland. Love Goddess, the Rita Hayworth Musical is directed by Jay Stern and performed by Almog Pail.

Show Information

Running time
To be confirmed
Performance days
Evenings: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Matinees: Sunday

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Love Goddess, the Rita Hayworth Musical review – Cockpit Theatre ★★★
Some strong performances, a lilting, evocative score, and polished choreography holds this show together. LOVE GODDESS seems to have been a very personal labour of love for creator and star, Israeli born, Almog Pail. Originally a one-woman play, Me, Myself and Rita, which evolved into Love Goddess, the Cabaret receiving critical acclaim in Malta, Off-Broadway, and the London fringe. One further transformation now sees the work as a full-scale musical, with its world premiere at The Cockpit. Pail who stars in the title role, was apparently inspired to write the original work following her own grandfather’s decline with Alzheimer’s disease which contributed to the death of movie legend Rita Hayworth in 1987. The overall chronological narrative hangs together well with cleverly written songs adding both pace and levity to what is sometimes a melancholic biographical story. The score is familiar, evoking the mood of the 1940’s and 50’s and partners well with the very stylish choreography. The dancing is a standout strength of this show, tightly executed with some beautifully expressive performances especially from Imogen Kingsley-Smith who plays a ‘Young Rita’. Joey Simon who plays both a Young Rita’s professional dancer father, Eduardo Cansino and later co-star and dance partner, Fred Astaire – lives up very well to the high audience expectations of one the of the world’s best dancers. Performed in the round, with no real set bar a centre raised square platform with sets of stairs leading from all 4 sides, the talent is very much the focus. Each actor except for Pail, plays multiple parts, with costume adjustments to aid the storytelling. However, in the title role, the vocal from Pail, was at times weak and lacked the impact that her acting and presence commanded. She does cope convincingly with the latter stages of Rita’s life, depicting the inevitable memory loss and ultimate, rather public, demise of this huge star. Another notable performance is from Jane Quinn who played (almost all other roles) Young Rita’s mother, Volga Cansino. She does so with heart and a fearful knowingness, as a Young Rita is taken to Mexico to perform with her father at the tender age of 12. The abuse that Rita is said to have experienced at the hands of her father is hinted at subtly but uncomfortably, conveying the terribly vulnerable position Rita found herself in. Overall, some strong performances, a lilting, evocative score, and polished choreography holds this show together. A little more attention on aesthetics, costumes and wigs, would, especially given the intimacy of the venue, elevate this even further without too much strain on the budget. In any case, these tweaks do not distract from a moving story about incredible talent, abuse, including that at the hands of the movie studio executives, and a woman seeking to be loved for who she really was rather than her on-screen pin-up persona. Love Goddess, the Rita Hayworth Musical is at The Cockpit theatre London until 23 December 2022. Book tickets to Love Goddess, the Rita Hayworth Musical Review by Louise Benham Star rating: 3/5

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