Buddy Holly Story run begins at Royal & Derngate

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Now celebrating its 25th year with a national tour, the show Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story will return to Northampton’s Royal & Derngate next week.

Seen by more than 22 million music fans since it opened in London’s West End in 1989, Buddy continues to have audiences aged from eight to 80 rockin’ in the aisles.

A spokeswoman said: “Buddy tells the enduring tale of the musical icon’s meteoric rise to fame and his final legendary performance at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, before his tragic and timeless death at the age of 22.

“In 18 short months the Texas-born boy revolutionised the face of contemporary music, influencing everyone from The Beatles to Bruce Springsteen.”

The show offers two hours of music, packed with more than 20 of Buddy’s greatest hits, including That’ll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, Oh Boy and Rave On.

Buddy’s widow, Maria Elena Holly, says of the show’s latest milestone: “When we opened the show we never imagined Buddy’s music and story would still be rocking stages and entertaining audiences around the world 25 years later.

“I believe this is testament to a great show - the first of its kind - and to the enduring appeal of Buddy Holly and what he represents; a youthful energy, huge talent and creativity, combined with a determination to make a lasting impression in this world.”

Buddy will run from Monday, November 11 until Saturday, November 16, at 7.30pm each night, with matinees at 2.30pm on the Wednesday and Saturday. Tickets cost £16-£32. Call the box office on 01604 624811.