Time for a blast from the past

Gary Wilmot and friends in Radio Times
Gary Wilmot and friends in Radio Times

Relive the fabulous 40s musical era at Derby Theatre when Noel Gay’s musical comedy Radio Times is staged there from October 2-6.

The show is being presented by The Watermill Theatre, Alex Armitage, Eleanor Lloyd and Lee Menzies.

In addition to Noel Gay’s memorable music, it features a book by Abi Grant and Alex Armitage.

Having a laughter-filled, musical night out at the theatre usually fits the bill for many theatregoers and music lovers and Radio Times, by the composer of Me and My Girl, perfectly fills the brief.

Radio Times is a funny and fast moving musical with breath-taking dancing and musicianship, creating an unforgettable theatrical experience.

The cast of actor musicians play over 15 instruments live on stage while singing and dancing.

It features many well-known songs by Noel Gay including Run Rabbit Run, Hey Little Hen and Who’s Been Polishing the Sun in wonderful new arrangements by Paul Herbert.

Radio Times, which wowed audiences last year at The Watermill Theatre in Newbury, received a clutch of four-star reviews from national critics.

It follows the trials of the Variety Bandwagon cast, who are about to broadcast live on radio to America for the first time.

The clock ticks away, the line-up is shrinking and there is no sign of Sammy, the star of the show. With seconds to spare, he arrives with Gary, a Hollywood movie idol, in tow.

The broadcast seems assured but Sammy’s girlfriend seems to know Gary of old and starts to question her commitment.

The cast includes Gary Wilmot, whose previous work includes West End appearances in Chicago and Me And My Girl, and Sara Crowe, who appeared in Private Lives in London and in the British smash-hit film Four Weddings and A Funeral.

Directed by Caroline Leslie and with choreography by Alistair David, tickets to see Radio Times are £10-£25 (concessions available).

Call the box office for details on 01332 59 39 39 or book tickets online at www.derbytheatre.co.uk