CORONAVIRUS: All UK venues closed on 16th March 2020 and there is currently no planned re-opening time though it will not be before 1st June 2020 and is most likely to be September (according to some West End producers).
Some shows have been cancelled, or closed early, but many are being rescheduled and we are trying to keep up with the changes - assume that anything posted for April and May is actually postponed or cancelled. Pantomimes are possible but a few venues and shows may not return and larger venues and tours are unlikely to re-appear before 2021 though we have some hope for some panto ....
Looking for Buddy is a musical with an original jazz score, a dark and mysterious atmosphere and a Geordie Phillip Marlowe, which takes a wry, witty and surreal look at the new Tyneside. Meet Phil, an underemployed architect; Ella, a beautiful blonde who isnât really blonde and Fat Jack who isnât really fat. All are hunted by the music of Buddy Bolden, a legendary New Orleans trumpet player who never recorded and nobody really knows what he sounded like. Then Zelda arrives from another galaxy (or perhaps London), carrying the solution to the areaâs problems: a regeneration scheme for North Tyneside! Sheâs delivering the Holy Grail, and knows it. And that is when the story really starts... Suitable for ages 15 and over. There may be smoking on stage during this production. Performers Tim Healy (Phil), Jayne MacKenzie (Ella), Jane Holman (Bella), Phil Corbitt (Frank), Nicholas Lumley (Fat Jack), Jacqueline Boatswain (Zelda). AuthorAlan Plater.ProducerOctagon Theatre Bolton.ProducerLive Theatre.DirectorMark Babych.Musical DirectorHoward Gray.DesignHelen Goddard.