The magic of the King of Pop
EXPERIENCE the closest thing possible to seeing one of the biggest musical stars of a time live on stage
Jackson Live in stars Ben Bowman as Michael Jackson in a show that features all the classic hits from the legendary entertainer’s career.
The show sees long-time fan Ben recreate the Michael Jackson experience with a mesmerising, energetic and dynamic performance that captures the essence and excitement of watching the King of Pop live on stage.
Ben says: “From as far into my childhood as I can remember, I have always been obsessed with Michael Jackson. Everything about the King of Pop mesmerised and enchanted me.
“I used to spend hours poring over album covers, photographs, interviews, videos and anything I could find that was about Michael.
“Even my seventh birthday party was Michael Jackson-themed. I always loved to dance and began copying Michael’s signature moves as I dreamed of being a performer just like him.”
His portrayal of Michael Jackson is described as being the most vocally and visually accurate tribute to the King of Pop to have ever toured UK theatres.
Ben is joined on stage by a live band and dancers who work their way through all of Jackson’s hits with impeccable precision.
The show is sure to be something that audiences who witness it will remember forever, and people are encouraged to book tickets soon.
It will be performed at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre on Friday, September 26 at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced between £18.90 and 22.40 (plus £2.85 transaction fee). To book, call the box office on 0844 8717 627.
Dfirst being performed in 1895, The Importance of Being Earnest is still going strong. There is rarely a time when a group, amateur or professional, is not treading the boards bringing Oscar Wilde’s play to life. So what sets this latest production apart? Well, to begin with, the show’s cast has a collective age of 276 years, with most actors playing characters well below their own age.
The idea was born after Nigel Havers, who is one of the namea on the all-star billing, fell in love with the story 32 years ago when he first performed it.
He was starring in Peter Hall’s production with Martin Jarvis and Judi Dench at the National Theatre.
He was left thinking the backstage antics were just as interesting to the audience as the on-stage action, including an incident in which Havers appeared naked in the wings while Jarvis was performing, setting him off into hysterics.
Jarvis then came up with the idea of framing the play within a play, giving them licence to explain why the cast – good as they are – are all quite a bit older than the characters they are playing.
Simon Brett was brought in to whip together the comedic script for the extra behind-the-scenes moments, while the pair searched for actors willing to send themselves up in this way.
Christine Kavanagh, fortunately for hem, did not take much persuading.
“I’ve worked with Nigel before,” she ays. “You could say we are long-time collaborators, or as he says, partners in crime. It’s like we are tennis doubles partners who play a good game together.
“He’s a great actor, and we always have women coming along to see him, who are great fans.”
I tell her how my mother can be counted among them. Laughing, she says: He does have a certain charisma that adies of a certain age love.”
Christine is also no stranger to the attention of the public, with a long career n television and film. Here, she plays the