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20th Century Boy – World Premiere

With support from Marc’s son, Rolan Bolan, this new musical tells the extraordinary story of Marc Bolan’s life from the early age of nine, in part from the perspective of a son looking for answers about his famous and short lived father who died a few weeks short of his thirtieth birthday in 1991, when Rolan was just two years old.

A cast of eleven, with some doubling as a live band, take to the stage to perform twenty seven hits and rarities from the epic Bolan back catalogue the proved so influential on the course of music ever since. The show is written by the New Wolsey Artistic Director Peter Rowe and Gary Lloyd, who recently directed Thriller! Live.

Marc Bolan was a poet, guitarist, songwriter, electric warrior, godfather of punk and one of the earliest glam rockers with his iconic image of feather boas, top hats and drops of glitter on each cheekbone. After his hit song Ride a White Swan with his band T. Rex in 1970, he quickly rose to fame mixing with the likes of Rod Stewart, David Bowie and Ringo Starr. He died when the car driven by his girlfriend, Gloria Jones, collided with a tree, killing him instantly.
Gary Lloyd’s theatre credits include Thriller Live! (2010 What’s On Stage Nominee Best New Musical and Best Choreographer) and The Genius Of Ray Charles (Theatre Royal Haymarket, UK and US Tours) as Director/Choreographer, and choreographer for Aspects of Love (UK Tour). Other credits include two Royal Gala Performances at the London Palladium and Theatre Royal Drury Lane; Artistic Director for the 2002 & 2006 BAFTA Awards, Camp Rock; Hancock; High School Musical 1,2 and 3; Superman Returns; Moulin Rouge; Shall We Dance; Hitch; Pearl Harbour; Spiderman; Britney Spears’ Crossroads and Minority Report.

The New Wolsey is dedicated to developing new artists, new work and new ways of working. 20th Century Boy follows Reasons To Be Cheerful, a co-production with Graeae and Theatre Royal Stratford East, set to tour again in 2012. At this year’s Edinburgh Fringe the New Wolsey will also co-produce Analogue’s 2401 Objects and Free Time Radical by Frequency D’Ici. The Autumn season will also bring Invisible with Transport, a New Wolsey commission from Croatia’s leading playwright Tena Štivičić, directed by Douglas Rintoul, and choreographed by award winning choreographer Darren Johnston.

New Wolsey Theatre, 8th Sept – 1st Oct 2011

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