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Carnaby Street - Aaron Sidwell replaces Sid Owen

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AARON Sidwell (EastEnders, Loserville – The Musical) replaces Sid Owen in Carnaby Street, the new 60s-set musical which premieres at the Hackney Empire from April 6 to April 14, 2013 prior to a national tour.

And Matthew Wycliffe (Jersey Boys, Buddy) plays Jude, the idealistic musician who travels down to London to follow his dream of stardom.

Previously Posted: Sid Owen will play band manager Jumpin’ Jack Flash in Carnaby Street, the new 60s-set musical which premieres at the Hackney Empire from April 6 to April 14, 2013 prior to a national tour.

Carnaby Street is set against the backdrop of London’s West End, with its famous clubs, trendy fashions and eccentric characters, in a time of hope and freedom, when the world is changing and anything seems possible.

Written by Carl Leighton-Pope and Robert Johns, directed by Bob Tomson (Blood Brothers, Dreamboats and Petticoats) and designed by Matthew Wright (Evita, La Cage Aux Folles), Carnaby Street tells the story of Jude, a working class boy from Liverpool, new in town and armed with nothing but his guitar and his dreams of fame and fortune.

Described as a joyous production, Carnaby Street follows the highs and lows, the passion and heartbreak, of his journey in pursuit of stardom.

It features the timeless music of The Beatles, Manfred Mann, The Animals, The Searchers and The Kinks and numbers such as You Really Got Me, Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood, Sweets For My Sweet, Roll Over Beethoven and Doo Wah Diddy.

Best known for his long-running role of Ricky Butcher in EastEnders, Sid Owen took part in the 2012 series of Strictly Come Dancing, in which he was partnered by professional dancer Ola Jordan.

He will be joined in the cast of Carnaby Street by Verity Rushworth (Emmerdale, Hairspray), Tricia Adele-Turner (Legally Blonde), Mark Pearce, Paul Hazel, Hugo Harold-Harrison, Tom Connor, Cici Howells, Jonny Bower, Mike Slader, Lauren Storer, Gregory Clarke, Dan Smith, Lilly Howard, Claude Pelletier, Craig Anderson and Matthew Quinn.

Following its run at Hackney Empire, Carnaby Street will visit High Wycombe, Rhyl, Hastings, Windsor, Tunbridge Wells, Manchester, Lowestoft, Birmingham, St Albans and Bournemouth.