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MEMPHIS, the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, will make it's debut in London at West End's Shaftesbury Theatre this Thursday, 23rd October starring Beverley Knight and Killian Donnelly.

Memphis the Musical - Shaftesbury Theatre, London

The West End production of hit Broadway musical MEMPHIS has it's opening night at the Shaftesbury Theatre this Thursday. Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical, MEMPHIS has an award-winning original score by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan and book by Joe DiPietro, and is also led by award-winning recording artist Beverley Knight as club singer 'Felicia Farrell' and stage star Killian Donnelly as radio DJ 'Huey Calhoun'.

Inspired by true events from the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, MEMPHIS follows the fame and forbidden love of a radio DJ who wants to change the world and a club singer who is ready for her big break. Memphis the Musical is inspired by real-life Memphis disc jockey, Dewey Phillips, who broadcast Elvis Presley's first hit, "That's All Right", on his "Red, Hot & Blue" radio show on WHBQ located in Hotel Chisca. The musical has recently completed a Braodway run and 55-city North American tour. For more information about MEMPHIS, visit


Where:                Shaftesbury Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8DP

Dates:                 Press Night 23rd October 2014

Performances:    Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm

                           Wednesday & Saturday at 2.30pm

Ticket Prices:      £20 to £67.50

Box Office:         0207 379 5399




 Memphis the Musical - Beverley Knight and Killian Donnelly


Queen of British Soul Beverley Knight (Felicia Farrell) has been one of the UK's most consistent artists of the past 15 years, scoring several Top 10 albums, including the platinum-selling Voice: The Best of Beverley Knight. She has sold over a million albums in the UK, including four gold certified albums. She was awarded an MBE by The Queen in 2007 for her services to British music and her charity work, has won three MOBO Awards and been nominated for Best Female at the Brit Awards three times and for the Mercury Music Prize twice. Her live performances have gained her a legion of famous fans, from David Bowie to Prince, Take That to Quincy Jones. Performances include: supporting Prince at his 21 Nights O2 shows in 2007 and he was so taken by Beverley's live set that he flew her to LA in 2008 to perform with him at his post-Oscars party, where they were joined on stage by Stevie Wonder. She supported Take That on their reunion arena tour, joining them on stage for 'Relight My Fire'. Wolverhampton-born Beverley has toured the UK several times in her own right over the last decade and a half and has sold out London's Royal Albert Hall on three occasions since she debuted there in 2007. In Summer 2012, she wowed a 1 billion viewing audience with the song 'I Am What I Am' at the finale of the London 2012 Paralympics Opening Ceremony. Most recently, Beverley made her critically acclaimed west end debut as 'Rachel Marron' in The Bodyguard at the Adelphi Theatre.

Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Killian Donnelly (Huey Calhoun) has extensive west end theatre credits including 'Raoul' in The Phantom of the Opera, 'Enjolras' in Les Miserables, 'Tony' in Billy Elliot the Musical and most recently as 'Deco' in Roddy Doyle's The Commitments. In his native Ireland, Killian's theatre credits include: 'Collins' in Michael Collins, Sweeney Todd, 'Ethan Girard' in The Full Monty, 'Tony' in West Side Story, 'Declan' in The Wireman and 'Rod' in Singin' in the Rain. Concerts include The Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary & Les Miserables 25th Anniversary. Television includes: Showbands (BBC), The Last Furlong (RTE), Batchelors Walk (RTE), The Tudors (BBC), The Late Late Show (RTE) and Open House (RTE). Film includes: 'Combeferre' in Les Miserables directed by Tom Hooper.

David Bryan (Music and Lyrics) is a Grammy Award-winning keyboard player and founding member of Bon Jovi. Over the past 26 years the band has sold more than 130 million records and toured the world, playing to millions of people. Their recent Lost Highway Tour was the #1 grossing tour in the world. In the USA, David is the spokesperson for VH1's Save the Music Program and won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Composer, the 2010 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music and an Outer Critics Award for Outstanding New Score for MEMPHIS.

Joe DiPietro (Book) won two Tony Awards for co-writing MEMPHIS and also won a Drama Desk award for Broadway show Nice Work If You Can Get It starring Matthew Broderick. His other plays and musical include: I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change (the longest running musical revue in Off-Broadway history), The Toxic Avenger and The Thing About Men (both winners of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical), Over the River and Through the Woods, The Art of Murder (Edgar Award Winner for Best Mystery Play) and the Broadway musical All Shook Up.



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