Judy! by Ray Rackham opens at Arts Theatre on 16th May for a 5 week West End run

“A TRIBUTE TO HER EXTRAORDINARY TALENT…WITH A GLITTERING, FULL-TILT INTENSITY” Times

Following a critically acclaimed debut season at Southwark Playhouse under its original title, Through The Mill, Ray Rackham’s biographical musical about the life of iconic movie star and chanteuse, Judy Garland, arrives in London’s West End this Summer.

“THE SHOW REMINDS US HOW, IN THE CONFLICT BETWEEN A MERCILESS INDUSTRY AND THE HUNGER FOR LOVE AND LIFE, A STAR IS INEVITABLY TORN Guardian

Judy! By Ray Rackham

Judy! By Ray Rackham

Since her first tentative steps on the stage as a young girl, Judy Garland has become an enduring icon to millions of fans of all generations around the world.

Leaving behind the usual portrayal of Garland’s life as one of pure heartbreak and self-destruction, Ray Rackham has created a poignant and ultimately uplifting story portraying the star as a survivor in a man’s world. He has cleverly created an overlapping story of three ages of Judy – Young Judy (an innocent girl filled with hope and excitement as she heads toward her life-changing performance in The Wizard of Oz), Palace Theatre Judy (a woman at the height of her performing powers in the midst of a passionate romance with Sidney Luft) and CBS Judy (an older and possibly wiser woman) – that demonstrates that no matter how hard we look for love in all the wrong places, the answer is ultimately inside ourselves.

“BRILLIANT” Harpers Bazaar

The cast includes Helen Sheals (Last Tango In Halifax, Downton Abbey) as CBS Judy, Belinda Wollaston (Mamma Mia, Titanic) as Palace Judy and Lucy Penrose as Young Judy. The memorable score which is brought to life by a live band, is a wonderful combination of Garland standards interlinked with some of her lesser known numbers and includes The Trolley Song, The Man That Got Away and, of course, Over The Rainbow.

“RACKHAM’S SCRIPT HAS AN OVERARCHING SENSE OF HOPE AND VAUDEVILLIAN RESILIENCE…AN UNMISSABLE PRODUCTION.” The Stage

Ray Rackham

Ray Rackham

RAY RACKHAM (Playwright/Director) – As a Producer and Associate Producer: Ah, Wilderness!, Romeo and Juliet, God (all at London Theatre Workshop), Follies in Concert (London Palladium) and the Thirtieth Anniversary Production of Side by Side by Sondheim (West End, Novello). As a Producer Director, Barbara Cook in Happily Ever After (Fortune), Ordinary Days and the UK premiere of Harvey Fierstein and John Bucchino’s A Catered Affair (both at London Theatre Workshop); Company (Pleasance Theatre); Follies (StageSpace); and Assassins (Mainspace). As a Director, Four by Tenn (Drayton Theatre, as part of the repertory Tennessee Williams celebration, where Ray directed an early treatment of The Glass Menagerie); Into the Woods (Greenwood Theatre); and Company (Baron’s Court Theatre). Ray devised the Sondheim review Just Another Love Story, which enjoyed a run at London Theatre Workshop and was recipient of the Artistic Excellence Award at the Brighton Festival, subsequently performed across London and the UK. His first musical, Apartment 40C, enjoyed its world premiere at London Theatre Workshop in December 2014 and transferred to the St James Theatre in April, 2015, again to great commercial and critical success.

Ray’s latest work as a librettist/Lyricist includes a new, original musical entitled Therapy.

His first thriller, Disturbance, is in the early stages of a North American production in 2017.

He is also developing a number of projects for television and film.

FIVE WEEK WEST END SEASON SUMMER 2017

Venue: Arts Theatre,

6-7 Great Newport St, London WC2H 7JB

Dates: Tues, 16 th May to Sat, 17 th June 2017

Time: 7.30pm (Thurs & Sat Matinees – 2.30pm)

(extra Matinees Tues 6 th & 13 th June)

Box Office: 020 7836 8463

Online: artstheatrewestend.co.uk