Peter Straker is a legend of musical theatre, originating roles in Hair and Tommy, in addition to forging a vibrant career as an actor and musician. His collaborations include albums with Freddie Mercury, Roy Thomas Baker and The Alan Parsons Project.
Peter Straker’s Brel was a sellout sensation at last year’s Edinburgh fringe and this season he’s touring in a bold new version of The Who’s Tommy, produced by Ramps on the Moon and New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich.
I caught up with Peter between performances at West Yorkshire Playhouse to find out more about the show and his fascinating portrayal of the Acid Queen
The Performance Ensemble and West Yorkshire Playhouse co-present Anniversary this month on the Courtyard stage. A collection of recollections expressed through movement, monologue and music, the play is performed by a cast aged 55 to 80 with a Dementia-friendly awareness for audiences.
The cast is composed of a collection of artists whose background in theatre ranges between several decades and several months, providing a vast scale of experience. What some of the performers may lack in formal training they make up for in charisma with a tender and tangible onstage honesty. Anniversaries of travel, separation, denial and death punctuate a showcase of ideas performed with a rare naturalism and pride. There is no set to speak of, the characters are real people, the memories true and painful, the laughter real.
Cast: Ella Harris
Director: Justin Audibert
Writer: Boff Whalley
Theatre: Leeds City Varieties
Duration: 50 minutes + 60 minutes
Red Ladder Theatre present Songs of Solidarity, Suffrage & Strength – a double-bill of drama and music at Leeds City Varieties.
Cast: Simon Nock, Joe Vetch, Rachael Garnett, Hollie Cassar, Kenny Davies, Robin Johnson, Peter Peverley, Jack Benjamin, Francesca Gosling, Scott Harrison.
Director: Vik Sivalingam
Writer: Peter Rowe
Theatre: City Varieties Music Hall
Duration: 130 minutes
Start Date: November 30, 2013
End Date: January 12, 2014
This month Jack and the Beanstalk – The Rock ‘n Roll Panto, kicks off the festive season in Leeds at City Varieties Music Hall. Boasting an array of projection effects, live action props and pyrotechnics, this small-scale musical promises to pack a big punch.
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