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20th Century Boy - New Wimbledon Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

20th Century Boy, a brand new musical inspired by the life of rock legend Marc Bolan, will visit New Wimbledon Theatre (June 23 to June 28, 2014) as part of a national tour.

Nearly four decades after the iconic star’s tragic death, 20th Century Boy tells the story of Marc Bolan and his band T.Rex, exposing some of the myths and taking the audience on a journey through his fascinating life.

A celebration of glam rock at its colourful best, 20th Century Boy features some of the greatest pop songs ever written, among them Ride A White Swan, I Love To Boogie and Get It On.

Rocker, poet, electric warrior, king of glam and godfather of punk, Bolan was arguably the biggest rock star the UK had ever seen. Before his tragic death in 1977, just days short of his 30th birthday, Bolan lived life at breakneck speed, creating a series of iconic images, a string of number one hits and an army of obsessive fans.

20th Century Boy is the culmination of five years development and is based on an original idea by Brian Dunham, Colin Giffin and Nicky Graham. The original production had two highly successful and critically acclaimed runs at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich in September 2011 and the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry in September 2012.

Produced by Bolanic Productions, 20th Century Boy is directed and choreographed by Gary Lloyd (Thriller Live), written by Peter Rowe in association with Gary Lloyd and has music and lyrics by Marc Bolan.

Designs are by Diego Pitarch, lighting by Ben Cracknell, sound by Chris Whybrow, musical supervision and arrangement by John Maher and video design by Will Duke. Full casting will be announced in due course.

Rolan Bolan, Marc Bolan’s son said: “It is amazing that certain music can stand the test of time throughout all of our lives, that particular songs and artists can represent a special time and place that we all hold dear. Musical tastes change throughout a lifetime but there is always a band that stays close to our hearts and the music of T.Rex and my father, Marc Bolan, is still treasured by fans and continues to find many more admirers. Through song, laughter and tears, we come together to remember and keep a little of Marc in our hearts”.

Producer Nicky Graham said: “Every day I used to drive past the tree on Barnes Common where Marc tragically lost his life. The site has become a shrine for Bolan fans from all over the world. We were inspired to hold a sell-out concert at Shepherd’s Bush Empire to celebrate Marc’s life and from there the idea of the musical was born.”

The tour commences in Inverness (April 18 and 19, 2014) before continuing to Manchester, Birmingham, Southampton, Bristol, Sunderland, York, Belfast, Woking, Cardiff, Wimbledon, Wolverhampton and Plymouth. A West End transfer is anticipated.

To book tickets for New Wimbledon Theatre call the box office on 0844 871 7646 or visit www.atgtickets.com/venues/new-wimbledon-theatre/.