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Olivier Award winner Tracie Bennett puts in a career-defining performance as Judy Garland in Peter Quilter’s new musical play based on the star’s final days, directed by Terry Johnson.


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Trafalgar Studio One, 14 Whitehall, London, London, SW1A 2DY
Nearest Tube or Train: Charing Cross (Northern line, Bakerloo line)
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Last Chance To See Tracie Bennett As Judy Garland In West End Hit End Of The Rainbow
After a record breaking run at the Trafalgar Studios Peter Quilter’s End of the Rainbow must end on 21 May prior to a UK tour and US opening at the Guthrie, Minneapolis on 18 January 2012. The production will then transfer to Broadway, further details to be announced shortly. End of the Rainbow, directed by Terry Johnson, stars Laurence Olivier award nominees Tracie Bennett as Judy Garland and Hilton McRae as Anthony. They are accompanied by Stephen Hagan as Mickey Denes and Robin Browne as Radio Interviewer, Porter and Stage Manager, and a six piece band. The five star critically acclaimed End of the Rainbow opened in Northampton in February 2010 and transferred to the West End in November where it has received standing ovations at every performance since opening night. Set in London in 1968 and featuring her most memorable songs including The Man That Got Away, Come Rain or Come Shine, The Trolley Song and Somewhere Over the Rainbow, End of the Rainbow combines humour and heartbreak to capture both the drama of Garland’s final performances in London and her controversial life off stage. End of the Rainbow is designed by William Dudley with sound design by Gareth Owen, lighting by Simon Corder and musical direction by Gareth Valentine and is presented in the West End by Lee Dean, Jenny Topper, Laurence Myers, Charles Diamond and Hilary Williams in association with Royal & Derngate, Northampton. Release issued by: Premier PR LINKS SPECIAL OFFER on tickets to End of the Rainbow at the Trafalgar Studios
End Of The Rainbow To Extend West End Run Due To Public Demand
Following 5 star reviews for Tracie Bennett’s performance as Judy Garland, Peter Quilter’s End of the Rainbow will extend its West End run taking bookings at the Trafalgar Studios until 16 April 2011. Directed by Terry Johnson, End of the Rainbow combines humour and heartbreak to capture both the drama of Garland’s final performances in London and her controversial life off stage. End of the Rainbow, which opened in Northampton in February last year, transferred to the West End in November where it has been receiving standing ovations at every performance since opening night. Set in London in 1968 and featuring her most memorable songs including The Man That Got Away, Come Rain or Come Shine, The Trolley Song and Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Tracie Bennett is joined by Hilton McRae as Anthony, Garland’s devoted Scottish pianist and musical director, Stephen Hagan as about to be husband number five Mickey Deanes, Robin Browne as Radio Interviewer, Porter and Stage Manager, plus a six piece on stage band. End of the Rainbow is designed by William Dudley with sound design by Gareth Owen, lighting by Simon Corder and musical direction by Gareth Valentine, End of the Rainbow is presented in the West End by Lee Dean, Jenny Topper, Laurence Myers, Charles Diamond and Hilary Williams in association with Royal & Derngate, Northampton. In her hotel room, with a new young fiancé at her side, Garland battles with drugs and alcohol as she undertakes an exhausting series of concerts at the Talk of the Town in a bid to reclaim her crown as the greatest talent of her generation. Despite a series of failed marriages and a ruined Hollywood career, she remains a tough and remarkable woman, armed with a legendary razor-sharp wit and a real understanding of the demons that possess her. Yet, within six months, she will be dead at the age of just 47, her body wrecked by the legendary amounts of drink & drugs she had been consuming since a teenager. Multi award-winning Tracie Bennett’s extensive theatre credits include Jacqueline in Terry Johnson’s production of La Cage Aux Folles at the Playhouse Theatre, and Velma Von Tussle in Hairspray at the Shaftesbury Theatre for which she won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Supporting Role in a Musical. Her other theatre credits include Les Miserables at the Queens Theatre, Sex Chips and Rock n Roll for the Royal Exchange Manchester, High Society at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Guys and Dolls, Educating Rita and Spring Awakening all for Sheffield Crucible and a national tour of Billy Liar. On television she is best known for her role as Sharon Gaskell in Coronation Street. Her other television credits include Dalziel and Pascoe, Casualty, Vincent and The Royal. On film she played Millandra in Willy Russell’s Shirley Valentine. Release issued by: Premier PR LINKS Book tickets to End of the Rainbow at the Trafalgar Studios in London
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Star Interview: Tracie Bennett
There's got to be a first time for everyone, even West End stars. Here's the low-down on multi award-winning actress Tracie Bennett and her first key show-biz experiences - including reading reviews, her first job and a brush with fame that changed her forever. Tracie Bennett My First audition My first audition was for Umbrellas of Cherbourg in the West End! I got the lead because they told me I looked like the girl in the film. But in those days you had to have 42 weeks on your equity card in order to even work on a West End stage so I couldn't do it. Oh how times change! My First job (acting or non-acting) My first job, apart from the paper round and packing ice pops into boxes in the summer hols, was for Liptrotts Fruit and Veg on the markets up North. It was hard graft but I loved it, apart from the humongous spiders in the bananas. It was great earning your own money every Saturday as a kid and it kept me very fit. £4 a day and a box of fruit and veg to take home on my shoulder for my Mum! But there were no computerised tills back then so I had to work everything out in my head and we froze to near death in the winter. I used to give little old ladies an extra potato or orange on the sly! Truly happy days. My First kiss My first kiss was with a lad called Jamie from Scotland who came down to see relatives one summer. Can't remember how old I was but he looked like a mini Bay City Roller! Shame I was into David Cassidy at the time but I did go out with a Cassidy lookalike a few years later. We used to go pub crawling, Northern soul dancing and have a curry after. A proper Northern, heavenly night out. The innocence... My First time on stage My first time on stage was playing Rachmaninov with an orchestra when I was ten. I went to the Royal Northern School Of Music. I was totally crap on the piano but I liked the lessons, discipline and the challenge. It never took to me though - however hard I tried. Shame. I have a lot of musician friends to this day and in my head I feel more like a musician than an actor. My First bad review My first bad review was for Educating Rita. It said that I strutted around the stage like a crap in a steel corset. I howled with laughter. Brilliant!! I was just 21 and far too young to play her. But then I read another review and it was really complimentary, saying how fabulous I was - the exact opposite of the other one. Consequently, I have never read reviews. Who do you believe? What can you learn from them? My First big break My first big break in telly was, I suppose, Coronation Street. But before that I did Going Out for Phil Redmond, which people still remember. All the London actors were in it and I was a bit scared but I had a great bed scene with the lovely Perry Benson who is fab in This is England. Hilarious. The Street only had a few of us in those days and I was thrown in at the deep end with six cameras and long speeches, but it was a genius training ground. I learned so much, except perhaps how to deal with 30 million viewers knowing who I was. My First celebrity encounter My first celebrity encounter was meeting Leslie Crowther. I was about six and on holiday in Paignton. Crackerjack was a massive children's programme back then and he was in a boxing ring-type thing on the seafront signing autographs for everyone. So I queued up for three hours on a hot day, whilst my family played crazy golf nearby to keep an eye on me. I was soooo excited, but when it was finally my turn he shouted at me for not having a pen or a fiver for the charity he was signing for. I was so upset when he told me to go get the money and queue up again. A fiver was a lot of money back then! I went back to my Dad to tell him what had happened, and he very nearly went to kill him! I believe that I'd be good with fans even if this hadn't happened, but after that I have always given more time than I might have done because I remember the devastation and humiliation I felt. * * * * Tracie Bennett is starring as Judy Garland in End of the Rainbow at the Trafalgar Studios in London from 15 November. Peter Quilter's play, directed by Terry Johnson, combines humour and heartbreak to capture both the drama of Garland's final performances in London and her controversial life off stage. Book tickets to End of the Rainbow at the Trafalgar Studios LINKS Tracie Bennett - more news and shows

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