Goodnight Sweetheart creators bring 1960s Britain to Bromley stage in Save The Last Dance For Me
PUBLISHED: 14:45 16 July 2013 | UPDATED: 14:53 16 July 2013
Audiences will be transported back to the early 1960s at The Churchill Theatre when Save The Last Dance For Me arrives for a 12-day run.
From the writers of TV classics Birds of a Feather and Goodnight Sweetheart, as well as musical Dreamboats and Petticoats, the production features the music of Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman.
The pair wrote many hits including Sweets for My Sweet (the Drifters and then the Searchers), This Magic Moment (Ben E. King with the Drifters) and Viva Las Vegas for Elvis Presley.
The show tells the story of sisters from Luton taking their first holiday together in East Anglia in 1963, where they are invited to a dance by a handsome American airman at an US Air Force base.
Writer Maurice Gran says he and writing partner, Laurence Marks, first discovered they could pluck the nostalgia strings when writing 1980s TV series Shine on Harvey Moon.
“That was one of our earliest shows,” says Gran.
“People said we captured that period of time perfectly and it wasn’t an era we remembered at all. That’s when we realised we could tickle the nostalgia bone in people, and writing Save The Last Dance For Me was slightly different because we did in fact remember the 1960s, though we were a lot younger than our characters.”
Bill Kenwright, CBE, West End theatre producer and chairman of Everton Football Club, is directing the play and Gran attributes his involvement to the show’s long run at The Churchill.
He added: “It’s a vote of confidence by the theatre, and The Churchill has had a long relationship with Bill. Many of his shows have kicked off in Bromley.”
Save The Last Dance For Me is from Tuesday, July 30 to Saturday, August 10. Ticket prices start from £12.90, visit atgtickets.com/bromley.