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Tracie Bennett is Judy Garland in END OF THE RAINBOW UK Tour - from August 2011

Tracie Bennett stars as Judy Garland in


By Peter Quilter

Directed by Terry Johnson

Produced by Lee Dean, Jenny Topper, Laurence Myers, Charles Diamond, Hilary Williams, Pinstripe Productions in association with Royal & Derngate, Northampton

The producers are delighted to announce the West End production of End of The Rainbow will begin a national UK tour on August 25th 2011, with Tracie Bennett reprising her role as Judy Garland.

Nominated for four Olivier Awards in 2011 End Of The Rainbow took the West End by storm during its sell-out, six month run, with Tracie Bennett winning both critical and popular acclaim for her sensational performance as Judy Garland. This celebrated production will now begin a 13-week national UK tour at the Royal & Derngate, Northampton on August 25th 2011, travelling to Norwich, Nottingham, Cardiff, Cambridge, Brighton, Newcastle, Birmingham, Aberdeen, Cheltenham, Bath, Sheffield and Richmond.

London, December 1968, and Judy Garland is about to make her comeback... again. Determined to reclaim her crown as the greatest talent of her generation, she battles with a tornado of drugs and alcohol and a gruelling schedule of exhausting concerts at The Talk Of The Town. Despite a series of failed marriages, Judy has her latest and youngest husband-to-be by her side, a man as determined as she that, at any cost, these concerts will mark the revival of her battered career.

Tracie Bennett's remarkable portrayal of this tough, talented, compelling woman was met with standing ovations throughout her West End run. Her previous theatre credits include; La Cage aux Folles, for which she received the Whatsonstage Award for Best Supporting Performance in a Musical, Madame Thénardier in Les Misérables, Velma von Tussle in Hairspray and Ilona in She Loves Me, both of which roles won her the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Performance.

Written by Peter Quilter and directed by Tony and Olivier-award winner Terry Johnson, End of the Rainbow features a six-piece onstage band and includes Garland’s most memorable songs - The Man That Got AwayCome Rain Or Come ShineThe Trolley Song and - of course - Somewhere Over The Rainbow. The production was nominated for four Olivier Awards, including Best New Play, Best Sound Design, Best Actress for Tracie Bennett and Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Hilton McRae - who will also reprise his role as Anthony for the tour.

Hilton McRae’s theatre credits include Caroline or Change at the National Theatre, Mamma Mia!Les Miserables and Miss Saigon in London’s West End and numerous roles with the RSC, on Broadway and in the UK. The role of Mickey Deans will be played by Norman Bowman whose theatre credits include Les MiserablesGuys and Dolls and Mamma Mia in the West End as well as Parade and Twelfth Night at the Donmar Warehouse.  Bowman has previously toured the UK performing in West Side Story, Sunset Boulevard, CATS andGrease.

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Tour dates


Thursday 25 August – Saturday 3 September

NORTHAMPTON Royal & Derngate

Box Office 01604 624811               


Monday 5 – Saturday 10 September

NORWICH Theatre Royal

Box Office 01603  63 00 00


Monday 12 – Saturday 17 September

NOTTINGHAM Theatre Royal

Box Office 0115 989 5555              


Tuesday 20 – Saturday 24 September

CARDIFF New Theatre

Box Office 029 2087 8889              


Monday 26 September – Saturday 1 October

CAMBRIDGE Arts Theatre

Box Office 01223 503333               


Monday 3 – Saturday 8 October

BRIGHTON Theatre Royal

Box Office 08448 71 76 50             


Monday 10 – Saturday 15 October

NEWCASTLE Theatre Royal

Box Office 08448 11 21 21             


Monday 17 – Saturday 22 October


Box Office 0844 338 5000              


Monday 24 – Saturday 29 October

ABERDEEN His Majesty’s Theatre

Box Office 01224 641122               


Monday 31 October – Saturday 5 November

CHELTENHAM Everyman Theatre

Box Office 01242 572573               


Monday 7 – Saturday 12 November

BATH Theatre Royal

Box Office 01225 448844               


Monday 14 – Saturday 19 November

SHEFFIELD Lyceum Theatre

Box Office 0114 249 6000              


Monday 21 – Saturday 26 November


Box Office 0844 871 7651              


Tracie Bennett

West End theatre: Jacqueline in La Cage Aux Folles (Playhouse Theatre forwhich she received the Whatsonstage Award for Best Supporting Performance ina Musical); Velma von Tussle in Hairspray (Shaftesbury Theatre – OlivierAward for Best Supporting Performance also received the Whatsonstage Awardfor Best Supporting Performance in a Musical); Madame Thenardier in LesMisérables (Queen’s Theatre, London); Ray Cooney’s Cash on Delivery(Whitehall Theatre, London); and She Loves Me (Savoy Theatre, London -Olivier Award for Best Supporting Performance).

Regional theatre: End of the Rainbow (Northampton), Sex, Chips and Rock ‘n’Roll (Royal Exchange, Manchester – TMA Award for Best Performance); BillyLiar (national tour); High Society (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London -Olivier Award Nomination for Best Performance); Last Song of the Nightingale(New End, Hampstead and Greenwich Theatre and Edinburgh Festival); Honk!(national tour); Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Educating Rita and Wendyin Spring Awakening (Sheffield Crucible); Sondheim’s Saturday Night, LuckyStiff (Bridewell Theatre, London); Bedevilled (Sheffield Crucible); TerryJohnson’s Dead Funny (national tour); One for the Road (Palace, Watford);She Stoops to Conquer, Putting on the Ritz (Leicester Haymarket); Amid theStanding Corn (national tour- Joint Stock Theatre Company); BreezeblockPark, Blood Brothers, Chicago and Grease (Forum, Manchester); Blood Brothers(Olympia, Dublin); Working Class Hero, Ten Tiny Fingers and Merrily We RollAlong (Library Theatre, Manchester); Portia in The Merchant of Venice,Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hero in Much Ado About Nothing(schools’ tour); Hans Christian Anderson (tour); and White Rabbit in Alicein Wonderland (Jersey). For her performances in Carousel, Grease, WorkingClass Hero and Merrily We Roll Along, Tracie received the Manchester EveningNews Drama Award for Best Actress.

Television: Tracie has played leading roles in numerous programmes, mostrecently: Candy Cabs, Doctors, Dalziel and Pascoe, Casualty, NorthernLights, Vincent with Ray Winstone, The Royal, The Court, Judy Garland in TheLong Firm, MIT, The Bill, Heroes and Villains, Keen Eddie, Burn It, MerseyBeat, Where the Heart Is, The Ambassador, Verdict, Heartburn Hotel,Heartbeat, Next of Kin, Joking Apart, Making Out, The Gingerbread Girl, RichTea and Sympathy, Ruth Rendell Mysteries, Made in Heaven, The Bretts, TheRitz, The Refuge, Unnatural Causes, The Rector of Stiffkey, Boon, TheCourtroom, Brush Strokes, Coronation Street, The Upper Hand, Alias Smith andJones, Black Silk, Relative Strangers, Going Out, Educating Marmalade andJackanory. Tracie also won Celebrity Stars in Their Eyes as Judy Garland andplayed God in Harley’s Angels.

Presenting: Anchorwoman for Soap Fever, The Bombing of Manchester(Documentary), OKTV for Carlton and had her own show called Tracie Goes to Hollywood.

Film: Shirley Valentine (Paramount); Knights and Emeralds for David Puttnam; Deep Red Instant Love; Lofty Life (animated short) and F2.8. Tracie also produced a short – French Fries on the Golden Front which won Best ‘Short’at the Miami Film Festival.

Concerts: An Evening With CY Coleman (St David’s Hall, Cardiff); An Evening of Gershwin (Royal Albert Hall); and An Evening With Tommy Steele (tour).

Recordings: Forever England, People Like Us and The Snowfield. Tracie is the recorded voice of Bridget Jones for both books of Bridget Jones’ Diary and The Edge of Reason for which she received the International Audi Award for Comedy Best Actress.