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Respect La Diva - Garrick Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

RESPECT La Diva, a musical tribute to some of the greatest female singers of all time, runs for a strictly limited season – September 7 to September 24, 2011 – at the Garrick Theatre.

Conceived and directed by Adrian Grant, the creator of Thriller Live, Respect La Diva showcases songs by iconic Divas including Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Etta James, Shirley Bassey, Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Dusty Springfield and many more.

Hosted by X-Factor finalist Andy Abraham, this musical tribute is headlined by singers Sheila Ferguson (The Three Degrees), Denise Pearson (Five Star), Katy Setterfield (The One and Only) and Zoe Birkett (Pop Idol, Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical, Thriller Live).

They perform alongside a cast of West End singers, dancers and a live band.

Respect La Diva is a show with a social message that aims to raise awareness of domestic violence and abuse against women and children. The production is therefore proud to be supporting the national charity Refuge.

Speaking about the show, Sandra Horley CBE, chief executive of Refuge, said:

Respect La Diva is a show about strong and inspirational women. Every day Refuge supports women and children whose lives have been shattered by domestic violence. But despite enduring months or even years of violence and control, abused women and children are resilient, courageous and determined to rebuild their lives. They are inspirational.

“I can think of no better tribute to the 80,000 women and children Refuge supports every year than the positive, empowering message of Respect La Diva. We are proud and grateful to receive their support.”

Produced and directed by Adrian Grant for Baronet Entertainment, Respect La Diva is designed by Jonathan Park, with lighting by Paul Moorhouse, sound by Phillip Cluskey.

Assistant director/choreographer is Racky Plews, who is director and choreographer in residence Upstairs at the Gatehouse where her credits include A Slice of Saturday Night, The Drowsy Chaperone, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, Into The Woods, Side by Side by Sondheim, The Hot Mikado and Talent. In the West End she has worked on The Boy Friend (Her Majesty’s Theatre) and Crazy For You and Me and My Girl (London Palladium).

Tickets: £15 – £40 plus concessions.

Times: Monday to Thursday at 7.30pm, Fridays at 5pm and 8pm, Saturdays at 3pm and 7.30pm.

NB: Respect La Diva and Refuge have set up a special mobile text donation line where you text the code DIVA40 to 70070 and pledge an amount of up to £10 (e.g. ‘DIVA40 £10’). The text is free to send and the donation will be added to standard phone bills.