Audiences can take a trip back to the swinging Sixties next week with a musical dedicated to the era at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton.
Set against the evocative backdrop of London’s West End in the Sixties – its famous clubs, trend-setting fashions and host of hippies and hipsters – Carnaby Street relives a time when the world was changing, London was its centre and for a new generation anything was possible.
Carnaby Street tells the story of Jude, a working class boy from Liverpool, who is new to the big smoke. Well-known hits in the musical include Shout, My Generation, Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood, Do Wah Diddy Diddy, Twist And Shout, 54321, We’ve Gotta Get Out Of This Place, Do You Love Me?
The original book is written by writer and producer Carl Leighton Pope.
He says: ‘Being a mod meant I rode a Vespa scooter, bought my clothes in Carnaby Street and followed the cool bands of the time. The Who led the way. Our whole lives were based around music. It told us who we were, who we hung around with, what girls we knew.
‘The musical is my document, it is mildly autobiographical in that all that the characters were real people that I met during that time.’
EastEnders actor Aaron Sidwell (Loserville, Children of Eden) re-joins the cast as Jack alongside Tricia Adele Turner (Legally Blonde, Blood Brothers) as Jane and Jonny Bower as Jack.
Tickets: £17.50 to £29.50 from the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, on (023) 8071 1811 or go to mayflower.org.uk.