Rock and Roll nostalgia with That’ll be the Day

PUBLISHED: 12:13 03 June 2010

That'll be the Day

That'll be the Day

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A FEAST of rock’n’roll nostalgia will be coming to Cambridge when legendary music variety show That’ll Be The Day returns.

The show, which has now been touring for more than 20 years, will treat audiences to non-stop hits from the 1950s-1980s, together with some fabulous feel-good comedy routines.

That’ll Be The Day’s origins can be traced back to 1985, when music promoter John Halls started a cabaret show entitled The Happy Days of Rock’n’Roll. This enjoyed a successful summer tour of the club and cabaret circuit, and subsequent autumn and winter stints followed.

The name That’ll Be The Day first appeared in 1987, when Trevor Payne took over responsibility for the fledgling production. The re-written show starred acts such as The Sound of Sunrise Band and Dave Evans, father of stand-up comic Lee.

When Gary Anderson joined in 1990, the comedy side of the show began to develop, and audiences continued to grow.

In 1992 the cast were awarded “Show Act of the Year” in the cabaret awards, and were playing at larger theatres.

These included the London Palladium, where a memorable sell-out performance took place in 1995.

Since then, the show has become an annual landmark on the calendars of many theatre-goers, with the classic That’ll Be The Day ingredients being supplemented with new acts and cast members.

Once again this year’s star man is Rebel Dean, who took over from Morgan Turner in 2006. However, leading lady Katy Setterfield said goodbye to the show in 2008.

Her replacement is Jody Lawson, who has been working with the cast for the last 12 months and is now joining on a full time basis.

Other stalwarts remain in place, including Anderson, who brings his unique style of comedy to proceedings.

That’ll Be The Day has now clocked up more than 3,500 shows, with more than 1,000 songs being performed in that time. It’s also estimated that the various cast members have covered almost one million miles, and they show no signs of slowing down yet.

Grab a slice of the action at the Cambridge Corn Exchange on Saturday, June 5.

The shows begin at 7.30pm, and all tickets cost £18.50. To book or for further details, call the box office on 01223 357 851, or visit www.cornex.co.uk

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