Rev­el­ling in an un­likely love story

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by The Peter­bor­ough Rev­ellers, whose past mu­si­cal suc­cesses in­clude Oliver, An­nie, Re­turn to the For­bid­den Planet, A Lit­tle Night Mu­sic, Car­men, and most re­cently Fol­lies, have cho­sen Stam­ford’s Corn Ex­change The­atre as the venue to present the area pre­miere of Bon­nie & Clyde - The Mu­si­cal this month.

The mu­si­cal, which was nom­i­nated in 2012 for Best New Mu­si­cal and the Tony Awards in­cludes rock­a­billy, blues and gospel mu­sic, was writ­ten by Frank Wild­horn and Don Black and is based on the true life story of Bon­nie Parker and Clyde Bar­row, thet­woin­fa­mousout­lawswho gained folk hero sta­tus dur­ing the Great De­pres­sion.

Their re­la­tion­ship was prob­a­bly the mostunusu­al­bizarre real life love story ever told, with Bon­nie dreamin­gof a life in the movies and Clyde. whowantsto­livelife­tothe­full what­ever the con­se­quences.

Clyde is on the run af­ter shoot­ing a deputy while es­cap­ing from prison with his brother Buck, and­meet­sBon­nie by chance.

They fall in love at first sight, anda­gree­top­ur­sue­both their dreams, his of nev­er­hav­ing to wor­ryabout mon­eyand her’s of fame and the for­tune that goes with it. They con­tin- ue a life of rob­bery and crime and dur­ing a raid on a gro­cery store Clyde shoots another deputy. The­yare­con­stant­lyon the move­fre­quently chang­ing cars to help avoid recog­ni­tion andtheyex­tendtheir rob­bery spree to rob­bing banks. Even­tu­ally, duringashoot-out­with the au­thor­i­ties Buck is mor- tally wounded. In­evitably the end fi­nally ar­rives for Bon­nie and Clyde when they are am­bushed on their way to visit their par­ents.

The tal­ented cast in­cludes Rev­ellers’ favourites He­len Nay­lor as Bon­nie, Mark Free­man as Clyde and Clive Read as the Preacher.

The parts of Young Bon­nie and Clyde are be­ing taken by new­com­ers, brother and sis­ter Danny and Kitty John­son.

The show is di­rected by Sue Read with chore­og­ra­phy by Joanna Lin­ford, who is also play­ing the part of Blanch Bar­row, wife of Clyde’s brother Buck played bySeanF­lynn. The Mu­si­cal Di­rec­tor is John Dolby.

This, the so­ci­ety’s first ven­ture into Stam­ford, opens nex­tThurs­day(Septem­ber22) an­druns to Satur­day (24th) at 7.30pm.

Therewil­lal­sobea­mati­nee per­for­manceonSun­day(25th) start­ing at 3pm with the cus­tom­ary be­fore show meal bein­gavail­able, if re­quired, inthe the­atre’s restau­rant.

Tick­ets cost £12.50 (Con­ces­sions £11.50) can be ob­tained by phon­ing the Corn Ex­change The­atre’s box of­fice on 01780 766455.

Peter­bor­ough Rev­er­llers present Bon­nie and Clyde the mu­si­cal.

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