Journey to End of the Rainbow

Tracie Bennett plays troubled singer Judy Garland in End of the Rainbow at Nottingham Theatre Royal from 12th-17th September

Tracie Bennett plays troubled singer Judy Garland in End of the Rainbow at Nottingham Theatre Royal from 12th-17th September

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THE West End production of End of The Rainbow will come to the Nottingham’s Theatre Royal next month, 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 winning both critical and popular acclaim for her sensational performance as the troubled singer.

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 Away, Come Rain Or Come Shine, The 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.

The role of Mickey Deans will be played by Norman Bowman whose theatre credits include Les Miserables, Guys and Dolls and Mamma Mia in the West End.

Bowman has previously toured the UK performing in West Side Story, Sunset Boulevard, CATS and Grease.

The show runs from Monday 12 to Saturday 17th September - performance times are 7.30pm evenings, 2pm Wednesday matinee and 2.30pm Saturday matinee.

To book tickets, priced £12-£29.50, visit www.trch.co.uk or call the box office on 0115 989 5555.