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Jackie The Musical UK Tour starring Janet Dibley

Janet Dibley
Janet Dibley

Jackie The Musical starring Janet Dibley with Nicholas Bailey and Graham Bickley, begins its UK Tour in March 2016.

Previewing at the Gardyne Theatre Dundee on 11th March, 2016. Dates include Coventry, Bromley, Brighton, Edinburgh, London, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool and Glasgow. Directed by Anna Linstrum and Choreographed by Arlene Phillips.

Written by Mike James, with choreography by Arlene Phillips and directed by Anna Linstrum, Jackie The Musical will begin a nationwide tour in Spring 2016 at the Gardyne Theatre in Dundee. Launching in Dundee, the spiritual home of Jackie magazine and location of the first editorial offices, the tour of Jackie The Musical starts at the Gardyne Theatre on Friday 11th March. Supported by Jackie publishers DC Thomson, former magazine Editor Nina Myskow joins the production as Editor-in-Chief, and will head up a brand new digital/online TV channel JACKIE TV.

Once there was a time with no mobile phones, no apps, no texting, no e-mails and no twitter. Angst ridden teenage girls waited with bated breath by the letterbox for their weekly issue of Jackie Magazine… unless their big sister got there first! Jackie accompanied millions of girls through their teenage years in the ‘70’s and 80’s, years of boy trouble, ironing hair and problem solving from resident agony aunts, Cathy and Claire. The magazine supported and inspired those girls and, best of all, it was great fun.

Jackie The Musical revisits those heady days, and tells the story of a fifty-something divorcée who revisits her stash of well-thumbed Jackie magazines for the same reason she first read them nearly forty years ago: advice on how best to navigate the opposite sex.

The quizzes, the fashion tips, the ‘do’s and don’ts on a first date’ and above all the Cathy and Claire problem pages are all devoured eagerly by our plucky heroine ‘Jackie’ as she revisits the dizzy world of the teen bible. With her ex and a handsome new guy both on the scene, the valuable lessons she learnt as a girl begin to influence her future and Jackie discovers the one person in control of her life is – her.

Funny and feisty, with a sound track featuring the era’s most beloved and memorable hits, including the sounds of Pop Idols Donny Osmond, David Cassidy and Marc Bolan played live on stage, the show promises a whirlwind tour of Planet Seventies and a most fabulous night out!

Janet Dibley plays ‘Jackie’. Janet became a household name in the 1980s, co-starring with Nicholas Lyndhurst in ITV’s primetime The Two of Us, playing ‘Elaine Walker’ for all four series. She went on to star as Lorna Cartwright in Eastenders, Carol McGarry in four series of Kay Mellor’s Fat Friends, ‘Deborah Johnson’ in The Chase and most recently as ‘Chaz Moore’, in Broadchurch. Janet joined the cast of the BBC soap Doctors in 2010 as series regular ‘Dr Elaine Cassidy’ a role she played for over two years, and which also saw her writing for the show. Her theatre roles include the 2014 tour of Kindertransport, Absent Friends and Could Be Any One of Us at Scarborough, ‘Sarah’ in Richard Eyre’s National Theatre Production of Guys and Dolls and ‘Julie Jordan’ in Stephen Pimlott’s Carousel at the Manchester Royal Exchange.

Best known for his role as ‘Anthony Trueman’ in EastEnders, Nicholas Bailey was most recently seen on stage in the critically acclaimed production The Invisible at the Bush Theatre, London. Other television work includes Siblings and Doctors, whilst past credits include Anubis House, Miranda and Law & Order: UK.

Graham Bickley plays ‘John’ and Nicholas Bailey plays ‘Max’. Graham Bickley became a household name playing ‘Joey Boswell’ in Carla Lane’s much loved BBC TV series Bread. He has starred in a host of hit West End musicals, including Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Sunset Boulevard and Ragtime, for which received an Olivier Award nomination. He regularly appears with the BBC Concert Orchestra and in concert halls across the country.

Nina Myskow says: “I’m so proud to have been editor of Jackie in its golden years in the 70’s. It always was a girl’s best friend, but I could never have imagined then that its spirit of fun and warmth would live on to become a musical today. It’s such a brilliant idea, and I’m absolutely thrilled that I’m going to be involved, all over again. How exciting! And I can’t wait to see it, to hear the music, and to be transported back to a time when we were all young, and not just young at heart.

About the Jackie magazine: If you didn’t know the actual facts, you’d be forgiven for thinking Jackie was created by a pop music guru or a supertrendy fashionista, but nothing could be further from the truth. The magazine was the brainchild of Gordon Small, a former RAF aero engine fitter who was far from being an afficionado of the music industry or an expert in style. Gordon was the magazine’s founder and first editor. Along with a creative team, he produced Jackie, an exciting new magazine “for go-ahead teens” which went on to be the best-selling teenage title for 10 years. Back then girls didn’t have iPads, laptops or mobiles. There was no telly in their bedroom. The family TV was more than likely rented and there was a choice of just three channels – a far cry from today’s world of multichannel TV that’s accessible 24/7.

As for keeping up with pop music and the charts, teenagers listened to the hits on Radio Luxembourg under woollen bed covers! (Duvets hadn’t hit homes in the UK) So it’s not surprising their magazine played a major role in the lives of teenage girls – it was the highlight of their week. Jackie launched on Thursday, January 11, 1964. At just 6d, the equivalent of 2½p, it was the must-have mag if you wanted to be up to date on what was hip and happening. In the same way, Top of the Pops was the must-see pop TV programme.

Jackie The Musical 2016 (Further dates to be added)
11-12 March 2016 Dundee Gardyne Theatre SOLD OUT
15-19 March 2016 Coventry Belgrade Theatre
22-26 March 2016 Bromley Churchill Theatre

29 March-2 April 2016 The Alhambra Theatre Bradford
5-9 April 2016 Brighton Theatre Royal

12-16 April 2016 Edinburgh Kings Theatre

19-23 April 2016 The Grand Theatre Blackpool
26-30 April 2016 Perth Concert Hall
10-14 May 2016 Wycombe Swan
17-21 May 2016 Manchester Opera House

24-28 May 2016 Birmingham Alexandra Theatre
7-11 June 2016 New Wimbledon Theatre

14-18 June 2016 The Orchard Theatre Dartford
21-25 June 2016 Malvern Festival Theatre
28 June-2 July 2016 Liverpool Empire

12-16 July 2016 Inverness Eden Court
19-23 July 2016 His Majesty’s Theatre Aberdeen
26-30 July 2016 King’s Theatre Glasgow

Jackie The Musical was commissioned by the Gardyne Theatre where the show premiered to critical and public acclaim in Autumn 2013. The 2016 UK tour is produced by The Gardyne Theatre, Arden Entertainment and Sally Wood, supported by DC Thomson.


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