TRACIE BENNETT in End of the Rainbow

The Lancashire dynamite who’s about to win awards all over again as Judy Garland

In TRACIE BENNETT in End of the Rainbow2000 Tracie Bennett won Celebrity Stars in their Eyes by playing Judy Garland.

Whether that knockout performance inspired Terry Johnson, director of End of the Rainbow about the last days of Judy Garland, to cast Bennett as the damaged diva we will never know.

But what we do know is that the play made us sit up and take note of Tracie all over again when it was premiered at the Royal & Derngate in Northampton earlier this year. And its well-deserved transfer to the Trafalgar Studios in November will allow a wider audience to see Bennett’s uncanny Garland look and sound – and give the performance of her life.

Tracie Bennett has won more awards than you could shake a microphone at and her career covers a lot of ground. On stage she was Jacqueline in Terry Johnson’s La Cage Aux Folles at the Playhouse Theatre, and won a best supporting Olivier Award as Velma Von Tussle in Hairspray at the Shaftesbury Theatre with Michael Ball. Add in 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 for Sheffield Crucible and a national tour of Billy Liar and you have quite a list. Oh, and another Olivier Award for She Loves Me at the Savoy.

On TV she is best known for playing Sharon Gaskell in Coronation Street, and on film as Shirley’s daughter in Willy Russell’s Shirley Valentine.

But it’s the stage that she has made her own, and nowhere more so than in End of the Rainbow.

STAR INTERVIEW: Read an interview with Tracie Bennett

Book tickets to END OF THE RAINBOW at the Trafalgar Studios in London


Date: 14 October 2010
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4 thoughts on “TRACIE BENNETT in End of the Rainbow”

  1. Its really nice to read these reviews on Tracie… Im really proud of her, we grew up in the same area and used to get the same bus to school sometimes if i was lucky..

  2. I an not à great Judy fan. I rarely join in à standing ovation. I have seen this tour de force twice now, standing with tears in my eyes on both occasions. A truly marvelous performance from Tracie Bennet.

  3. Happened to see End Of Rainbow during a 2 day visit to London . Tracie Bennet was just amazing , her acting and her singing was excellent .There I was sitting in the audience , you would think that was really Judy Garland . From what I have seen of Judy Garland footage of her concerts and her films , this paricular show is unbelievable. For all Judy Garland fans- this is a must see show , everything about this show has perfection . I was lucky to meet Tracie after her 2nd night performing as Judy ,I was delighted she had time for a brief chat . Congratulations to Tracie and I hope more Judy Garland projects will come up after the run in Trafalgar studios. John from Dublin.

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