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Memphis extends London run

Date Posted: 11/11/14

Memphis extends London run

The newly opened Memphis the Musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre has extended its run following a hugely successful premiere earlier in October when it was heralded as a triumph by critics and audience members alike.

Starring Beverley Knight and Killian Donnelly, the adaptation - a Broadway import - drew acclaim from the press for its catchy songs, highly capable cast members, compelling story and magnificent atmosphere.

While it was previously booking until March 2015, the owners of the Shaftesbury Theatre confirmed last week that the run has been extended until October 31st 2015 in order to accommodate for the extraordinary demand.

The story sees Knight - who was also acclaimed in her West End debut The Bodyguard - take on the role of Felicity, an R&B singer whose talent attracts the enigmatic Huey, a white DJ interested in playing black music during a time of segregation in the US.

Inspired by true events from the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, the story sees the pair fall in love and struggle to maintain the relationship in the face of great odds.

The show originally opened in New York where it won four Tony Awards including Best Musical. Featuring songs by Bon Jovi's David Bryan and a book by Joe DiPietro, its story of fame and forbidden love has enraptured millions across the pond.

This is the first opportunity London audiences have had to experience it, however, and they will no doubt be grateful to get their hands on additional tickets. The new shows go on sale today (November 7th) from 9am.

Memphis is directed by Christopher Ashley and has choreography by Sergio Trujillo.

Posted by Hayley Brent

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