Returning to the West End in 2010 is Leicester Square Theatre’s 2009 show “Hit Me! The Life and Rhymes of Ian Dury”, this time arriving at the Garrick Theatre for a three night run in September. It will be a brand new opportunity to witness a show that chronicles the life of the late singer and frontman of The Blockheads. Whilst the show originally featured the likes of Adrian Schiller in the title role, the lead part is this time inhabited by Mark White, whilst the role of his roadie Fred ‘Spider’ Rowe remains Josh Darcy.
Jeff Merrifield’s show mixes music from Ian Dury’s acclaimed back catalogue with a compelling story of a troubled star, whose outer persona that seems to shout out happiness secretly covered a mind occupied by inner demons. The legendary figure of the New Wave scene led one of the most famous bands of the genre – Ian Dury and the Blockheads – to great success during their heyday in the 1970s and they have had an enormous effect on popular culture ever since. Whilst Dury died in March 2010, the band would continue in his absence, meaning that they are now as long-lasting as they are influential.
Amongst their hit songs were the monumentally successful “Sex & Dugs & Rock and Roll” and “Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick”, which are amongst those said to appear in the show, as well as “Reasons To Be Cheerful”, “Clever Bastards” and “What A Waste”.
Darcy returns to portray the role of Dury’s roadie Fred ‘Spider’ Rowe in the production, having previously occupied the part when the show was staged at the Leicester Square Theatre in 2009. He has also appeared in the show at venues across the country, from the Courtyard Theatre to Edinburgh, whilst his previous stage and screen credits include “Shanghai” in 2010 and a staging of “Richard III”.
Meanwhile, writer Jeff Merrifield has penned numerous shows that have previously appeared on various stages, whilst his work alongside some acclaimed and influential figures in the industry has given him plenty of admirers.
Hit Me! The Life and Rhymes of Ian Dury appears at the Garrick Theatre from Thursday 9th September 2010 to Saturday 11th September 2010.
|Booking From:||Thursday, 9th September 2010|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 11th September 2010|
|Evenings:||Thursday to Saturday 8pm|
|Running Time:||100 minutes|
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