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Preview: Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story at Newcastle Theatre Royal




Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story

Newcastle Theatre Royal

Monday 28 August – Saturday 3 September 2023.

The West End and Broadway smash-hit musical Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story heads to Newcastle Theatre Royal for a much anticipated week long run from Monday 28 August.

Loved by critics and audiences alike, Buddy tells the enduring story of the musical icon’s meteoric rise from his Southern rockabilly beginnings to international stardom and his legendary final performance at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, before his tragic and untimely death at the age of just 22. In 18 short months the bespectacled boy from Lubbock, Texas, revolutionised the face of contemporary music, and would influence everyone from The Beatles to Bruce Springsteen and the Rolling Stones.

Boasting a multi-talented cast of actor-musicians, Buddy presents two terrific hours of music with over 20 of his greatest hits, including the timeless classics That’ll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, Oh Boy, Everyday and Rave On. With the Big Bopper’s Chantilly Lace and Ritchie Valens’ La Bamba, and rip-roaring versions of Shout and Johnny B. Goode completing a stellar musical line-up, Buddy is a not to be missed evening of family entertainment.

AJ Jenks and Christopher Weeks reprise the role of Buddy Holly on alternate performances. Cast members include: Joe Butcher as Joe B. Mauldin, Josh Haberfield as Jerry Allison, Daniella Agredo Piper as Maria Elena Holly, Miguel Angel as Ritchie Valens/Tyrone Jones and Christopher Chandler as JP Richardson ‘The Big Bopper’.

Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story has enjoyed phenomenal success and is one of a small number of iconic musicals including Les Misérables, Phantom of the Opera, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Miss Saigon, Evita and Cats to reach a spectacular three decades on stage.

Since its inception, Buddy has inspired a generation of multi-million selling jukebox musicals including Mamma Mia and We Will Rock You, yet remains the true original and a musical phenomenon. Seen by more than 22 million theatregoers since it opened in London’s West End in 1989, Buddy speaks an international language and continues to have audiences rockin’ in the aisles across the globe!

Photos: Rebecca Need-Menear


Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story plays Newcastle Theatre Royal Monday 28 August – Saturday 3 September 2023. Tickets can be purchased at or from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 0191 232 7010.

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