New musical highlights Carnaby Street’s eccentric glory

Photo by Kate Green/Alpha Press.
Photo by Kate Green/Alpha Press.

The famous clubs, trendy fashions and eccentric 
characters of London’s West End in the Sixties have been recreated in a new musical 
set to arrive soon at Milton Keynes Theatre.

Carnaby Street is a celebration of a golden age in musical history, when bands such as The Beatles, The Searchers and The Who topped the charts.

Directed by Bob Tomson and designed by Matthew Wright, Carnaby Street tells the story of Jude, a working class boy from Liverpool, who is new in town and armed with nothing but his guitar and his dreams of fame and fortune.

A chance encounter with man-about-town Jack leads to Jude joining a band led by ‘Wild Thing’ at the Marquee Club and with Jack acting as their hopelessly inexperienced manager. They try to make it big in the exploding pop and rock scene of the time. Carnaby Street tells the story of every boy or girl’s dream to become a rock star.

The show is packed with more than 30 classic hits, including Shout, My Generation, Sweets For My Sweet, Roll Over Beethoven, Go Now and Twist And Shout.

Penned by Carl Leighton-Pope, the show is set between 1964 and 1968 when Carnaby Street was the place to be, with clothes shops like Gear, Lord John and many more setting the trend for swinging London. The street was always alive with fashion shoppers and the rising stars of a time which was to bring about major social change.

The show will run from Tuesday, September 3 until Saturday, September 7. Performance times will be 7.30pm each evening and 2.30pm on the Wednesday and Saturday of the run. Tickets cost £7.90-£37.90. For more details about booking, see www.atgtickets.com