The magic of the King of Pop

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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

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