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At Last - The Etta James Story returns to the UK for a 23 date tour

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AT LAST – The Etta James Story, starring Vika Bull, is returning to the UK. Having wowed British audiences in 2017 as part of an ecstatically received short tour, Bull and the Essential R&B Band start a 23 date visit in High Wycombe on Friday, September 21, ending at London’s Cadogan Hall on October 22, 2018.

Following its world premiere in Melbourne in 2013, At Last – The Etta James Story has since repeatedly packed theatres throughout Australia and New Zealand. In 2016, the show returned to Melbourne for a sell-out season at The Arts Centre and July saw the show triumph for a third season at The Sydney Opera House.

Telling the story of soul legend Etta James’ turbulent life, the production features some of her most beloved songs including Tell Mama, Something’s Got A Hold On Me, Sugar On The Floor, the heart rending I’d Rather Go Blind, her iconic signature song At Last and more.

During a long and tumultuous career that saw her win six Grammy Awards and a star on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame, Etta James has influenced a vast array of artists from Diana Ross, Janis Joplin, Stevie Wonder, The Rolling Stones and Rod Stewart and is acknowledged as inspiring the careers of a new generation of singers from Christina Aguilera, Joss Stone, Adele and the late Amy Winehouse.

Sadly, Etta’s frantic recording and touring schedule coincided with her ever-growing addiction problems and over time she not only sang the blues…she lived the blues. Mercifully, her passion for life and strength of character saw her conquer her demons and she continued to record and perform into her seventies.

As well as High Wycombe and London, the tour will visit Southend, Eastleigh, Bath, Cardiff, Yeovil, Guildford, Brighton, Portsmouth, St Albans, Bournemouth, Northampton, Liverpool, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Sage, Manchester, Buxton, York, Birmingham and Cambridge.