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Barry Norman in conversation with John Travolta

John Travolta

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

ON SUNDAY, February 16, 2014, John Travolta, one of Hollywood’s biggest and best-loved stars, is to get up close and personal on stage in London’s West End in A Conversation with John Travolta.

This unmissable event, hosted by Britain’s most respected and popular film critic Barry Norman, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear first hand from one of the world’s biggest stars about his career and life, in the beautiful setting of the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.

John Travolta, who was catapulted to international stardom in the blockbuster Saturday Night Fever, which launched the disco phenomenon in the 1970s, will treat the audience to an intimate evening of anecdotes about his illustrious career, private insights from his life as one of the world’s most admired screen idols as well as taking part in a special question and answer session with audience members.

In a career spanning four decades, John Travolta has been in many of Hollwood’s biggest box office successes, from the global smash-hit musical Grease alongside Olivia Newton-John to the Look Who’s Talking franchise.

He has been honoured twice with Best Actor Oscar nominations, the most recent for his portrayal of a philosophical hit-man in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction. For this highly acclaimed role, he also received BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations and was named Best Actor by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. His first Oscar and Golden Globe nominations were for his role as Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever.

His additional film credits include the Brian DePalma thrillers Carrie and Blowout, as well as Nora Ephron’s comic hit Michael. He also starred in Phenomenon and the classic Face/Off opposite Nicolas Cage, and took an equally distinctive turn as an action star in John Woo’s top-grossing Broken Arrow. He garnered further praise as a Mafioso-turned-movie producer in the comedy sensation Get Shorty, winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy.

In 1998, Travolta was honoured by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts with the Britanna Award: and in that same year he received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Chicago Film Festival. In 2008, he received his fourth Golden Globe nomination for his role as Edna Turnblad in the big-screen, box-office hit Hairspray. As a result of this performance, the Chicago Film Critics and the Santa Barbara Film Festival decided to recognise him with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his role.

He will next star in the action movie Killing Season with Robert De Niro and The Forger, co-starring Christopher Plummer.

As an enthusiastic pilot, Travolta currently holds 11 jet licenses. His personal 707 aircraft is painted in the original Qantas V-Jet livery and bears the name Jett Clipper Ella in honor of his children. Travolta is the Qantas Airways Global Goodwill “Ambassador-at-Large” and piloted the original Qantas 707 during “Spirit of Friendship” global tour.

He is also very involved in his charity, The Jett Travolta Foundation, which raises money for children with educational needs.

A Conversation with John Travolta is produced by Really Useful Theatres Group, Rocco Buonvino and Joe Ricotta.

Earlier this month, Buonvino and Ricotta produced the acclaimed An Audience with Sylvester Stallone at the London Palladium; and in June 2013, Buonvino presented An Evening with Al Pacino, also at the London Palladium.

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Tickets: £30 – £350 (no booking fee). Available from SEE Tickets on 0844 412 4660 or online at www.reallyusefultheatres.co.uk/. VIP Hospitality Packages are also available on 0207 7379 4981.

Time: 6pm.