That’ll Be The Day at the Kings, Southsea

Trevor Payne, pictured on the far right, founded That'll Be The Day and is bringing the show to the Kings
Trevor Payne, pictured on the far right, founded That'll Be The Day and is bringing the show to the Kings
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For a healthy dose of nostalgia, go to the Kings Theatre tomorrow and be charmed by That’ll Be The Day.

Since Trevor Payne founded the show in 1986, it has gone on to become the nation’s leading rock ‘n’ roll variety show.

We match the music with comedy that was around at the time, that people will remember from the television, but with a script that was written this year

Trevor Payne, founder of That’ll Be The Day

Trevor says: ‘The show is coming into its 30th year, which is extraordinary by anyone’s standards.

‘We have been to most theatres up and down the country, and the Kings is one of our favourite venues.

‘We have been coming here for 17 years, and the atmosphere is great. You always get a lot of feedback from the audience.’

That’ll Be The Day features a cast that delivers the hits of the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s, interwoven with impersonations and comedy sketches of performers from the period.

Trevor says: ‘We match the music with comedy that was around at the time, that people will remember from the television, but with a script that was written this year.

‘We change the show every year, which is a rarity in our business. But there are always those popular characters which we keep in the line-up, like the Rolling Stones.’

One of Trevor’s most popular impersonations is of Stones frontman Mick Jagger.

‘All the best comedy pieces come about by accident. I imitated Mick vocally for the Rolling Stones songs, and at the end of one performance I said “Thanks very much” in his voice and immediately people giggled. I thought, I could do this as a stand up.’

‘It is quite an easy one to do actually because there are so many traits I can pick on and people recognise them instantly.’

But it is Trevor’s Cliff Richard impersonation that is his calling card.

‘I sound like Cliff, and I make sure I look as much like him as I can through costume. I sometimes take a gentle rise out of it because you can exaggerate it.’

Through doing Cliff as part of the show, Trevor has appeared on Max And Paddy’s Road To Nowhere, a television show by Peter Kay, and directed a Cliff Richard musical in London.

‘His sister came to the show, and said to me that for the first few minutes she thought she was watching her brother,’ says Trevor.

‘I was also on the treadmill in the video for Is This The Way To Amarillo? with Peter Kay. My daughter was telling all her friends about it.’

Show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets: £22-25, visit kingsportsmouth.co.uk