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Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story at the Orchard Theatre, Dartford

He had just one No.1 hit and a recording career that lasted less than two years before it was cruelly cut short, but Buddy Holly’s legend lives on.

And nowhere more so than in the world’s most successful rock n’ roll musical Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story, which is set to celebrate its 30th anniversary with a UK tour, coming to Dartford's Orchard Theatre until Saturday, October 12.

Celia Cruwys-Finnigan and Thomas Mitchells in Buddy
Celia Cruwys-Finnigan and Thomas Mitchells in Buddy

It tells the enduring tale of the musical icon’s meteoric rise to fame and his final legendary performance at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, before his tragic and untimely death at just 22.

In 18 short months the Texas-born rock ‘n’ roller revolutionised the face of contemporary music, influencing everyone from The

Beatles to Bruce Springsteen.

Audiences will be treated to 20 of his greatest hits, from That’ll Be The Day to Peggy Sue, Oh Boy and Rave On.

Since opening in 1989, Buddy has made 4450 performances over 556 weeks on tour in the UK and Ireland.

This year will see the show join a small number of iconic musicals including Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, Evita and Cats in reaching three decades on stage.

Thomas Mitchells (Big Bopper) Alex Fobbester (Buddy Holly) and Jordan Cunningham (Ritchie Valens)
Thomas Mitchells (Big Bopper) Alex Fobbester (Buddy Holly) and Jordan Cunningham (Ritchie Valens)

Seen by more than 22 million music fans, the show is suitable for ages eight to 80.

DETAILS

Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story will be playing at the Orchard Theatre in Dartford until Saturday, October 12. Book tickets at

01322 220000 or go to orchardtheatre.co.uk

Win tickets to the show with our online competition here.

Jordan Cunningham as Ritchie Valens in Buddy
Jordan Cunningham as Ritchie Valens in Buddy

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