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Zach Braffs All New People Replacing Backbeat at the Duke of Yorks

Sunday, 4th Dec 2011  

The American Actor’s UK Stage Debut Will Kick-off in February 2012

The latest star of the screen to hit the West End has been revealed as Zach Braff – best known for his role in the television show “Scrubs” – and he is set to bring his own pay “All New People” to the Duke of York’s Theatre in February. The move means that the current production, Beatles musical “Backbeat”, will be closing its doors earlier than its planned March end-date and will instead bow out at the Theatreland venue on Saturday 18th February 2012.

“All New People” follows the character of Charlie (Braff), who is a man that has hit rock bottom in a comedy filled with angst. At the beginning of the play he is at his wealthy friend’s luxury apartment, hiding from people instead of out celebrating his 35th birthday, but during the course of the show it becomes clear that this attempt at a quiet day are going to be sorely interrupted. There’s a fireman, a British estate agent and many more colourful characters that appear throughout the show and they turn his plans on their head.

Those with Theatre Tickets will recognise Braff from the hit show “Scrubs” in which he played Dr John “JD” Dorian throughout its run. However he is also a writer and film director whose best known work in this field is the movie “Garden State”, which is also starred in alongside Natalie Portman. His other credits include “Chicken Little”, “Arrested Development”, “The Last Kiss” and “The Ex”, in addition to theatre roles like “Trust” at an off-Broadway Theatre and the run of “All New People” on the other side of the Atlantic.

“Backbeat”, meanwhile, is the musical adapted from Ian Softley’s 1994 movie that focuses on The Beatles, in particular the relationship between John Lennon, the band’s original bassist Stuart Sutcliffe and the photographer Astrid Kirchherr, and along the way period-relevant songs fill the stage. The show opened in October 2011.

“Backbeat” continues until Saturday 18th February 2012 and “All New People” will follow it from Wednesday 22nd February 2012 to Saturday 28th April 2012, following appearances in Glasgow and Manchester.

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