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Coronation Street’s Kevin Kennedy stars in Rock of Ages at Orchard Theatre, Dartford

PUBLISHED: 07:00 06 November 2018

Kevin Kennedy as Dennis. Picture: Jay Brooks

Kevin Kennedy as Dennis. Picture: Jay Brooks

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Former Coronation Street favourite Kevin Kennedy (who played Curly Watts) takes to the stage in musical comedy Rock of Ages.

LA love story Rock of Ages, featuring more than 25 rock anthems, will be coming to Dartford this month. Picture: Richard DavenportLA love story Rock of Ages, featuring more than 25 rock anthems, will be coming to Dartford this month. Picture: Richard Davenport

Packed with more than 25 rock anthems, including We Built This City, The Final Countdown, Here I Go Again, Can’t Fight this Feeling and I Want To Know What Love Is, the show comes to Dartford this month.

Kevin has left the cobbles of Coronation Street far behind him as he embraces his inner rock’n’roll star in the UK tour, which will be at The Orchard Theatre from Tuesday, November 20 – Saturday, November 24.

Speaking about how he has been embracing his musical side, Kevin said: “It’s incredible to be able to put your two passions together – one being of course acting and the spoken word and the other being music, which is something I’ve loved throughout my life.

Kevin Kennedy and Zoe Kirkett in Rock of Ages. Picture: Jay BrooksKevin Kennedy and Zoe Kirkett in Rock of Ages. Picture: Jay Brooks

“To put those together is a perfect marriage, and in a vehicle such as Rock of Ages it is a whole lot of fun as well.”

Now a global smash with extensive runs in London’s West End, on Broadway and in Las Vegas, the show has also been made into a star-studded Hollywood movie.

Kevin said: “Rock of Ages is set in Los Angeles, California in the mid 1980s.

“It’s about a rock club called The Bourbon Room, which is absolutely legendary, every single band you could think of has played there.

Kevin Kennedy 'Dennis'. Picture: Jay BrooksKevin Kennedy 'Dennis'. Picture: Jay Brooks

“It’s an icon of rock’n’roll and absolutely the place to be, but the local council are attempting to close it down so we are fighting them.

“Alongside all of that there’s a beautiful love story, lots and lots of jokes and of course some of the most incredible music from the 80s.”

When asked about his character Kevin said: “Dennis is the owner of The Bourbon Room and he’s an absolute rock guru.

“He’s given all these now legendary bands their stars and he’s been in bands himself.

Kevin with Zoe Kirkett 'Justice'. Picture: Jay BrooksKevin with Zoe Kirkett 'Justice'. Picture: Jay Brooks

“He’s also embraced the drug culture and intense sexuality of the 1980s with much enthusiasm and regularity!”

Audiences know Kevin best from his time on television.

Speaking about the differences between TV and theatre, Kevin said: “TV is a totally different skill and technique to theatre.

“Not least because you may put something in the can after filming and not get the payback of that for months or event years.

LA love story Rock of Ages, lavished with more than 25 rock anthems, will be coming to Dartford this month. Picture: Richard DavenportLA love story Rock of Ages, lavished with more than 25 rock anthems, will be coming to Dartford this month. Picture: Richard Davenport

“You can almost film it, and then forget about it.

“With theatre however, it’s obviously live and live theatre is one of the last true shared experiences you can have – along with football!

“In the theatre you are all together and sharing one experience which is happening live, right in front of you and there’s not a lot of that left.”

Rock of Ages boasts some of the biggest hits of the 1980s as its soundtrack.

When asked if he was a fan of 80s rock music, Kevin said: “I was a young-ish man in the 1980s and not a huge fan of some dance music, so the last refuge of guitar music to a certain extent was that brilliant American glam-rock that we showcase in Rock of Ages.

“They play their own instruments and perform live on stage so I had a huge respect for that.”

One of Kevin’s favourite moments of the show is watching the cast do their solo numbers.

“They’re all so incredibly talented and it’s great to watch and learn from them,” he said.

“It’s been so lovely to see them grow into their characters from the first rehearsal through to our performances on tour now, where it all comes to fruition.”

To book tickets or for more information visit orchardtheatre.co.uk or call the ticket office on 01322 220000.

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