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Ray Shell at The Pheasantry

Ray Shell

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

‘SOUL Man’ Ray Shell will be making his London cabaret debut with Back to Black, which runs at The Pheasantry from Tuesday, February 18 to Saturday, February 22, 2014.

Back to Black will feature Shell’s distinctive interpretation of well-known songs from musicals – from Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd to current Broadway hit Kinky Boots and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s evergreen The Phantom of the Opera.

Shell is also an internationally acclaimed author and the evening will include him narrating an excerpt from his acclaimed novel Iced, soon to be a major feature film.

After teenage beginnings in shows like The Me Nobody Knows, Shell took the West End by storm with leading roles in Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Starlight Express, in which he originated the role of Rusty, Miss Saigon, 5 Guys Named Moe, in which he created the role of Normax, Children of Eden, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Dancing in the Streets (as The Narrator), Gone With the Wind (as Pork), The Lion King, and The Bodyguard (as manager Bill Devaney).

According to press material, Back to Black promises to be an amazing musical journey; an evening of storytelling, song and sensational entertainment from the ‘Soul Man of the West End’.

Produced by Street Angels Productions and BOP Productions Ltd in association with The Pheasantry, Back to Black is written by Ray Shell, has musical direction by Ian Vince-Gatt and is staged and directed by Dollie Henry. Sound and Music Associate is Paul Jenkins.

Tickets: £25 – available from the box office on 08456 027017 or online at

Time: Doors 6.30pm; show 8.30pm.

The Pheasantry, 152 Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 4UT