30th anniversary tour for Buddy Holly musical

Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story will celebrate its 30th anniversary next year with a UK tour, starting at the original opening venue, Theatre Royal Plymouth.

It will open on September 3, 2019, and play for one week before starting the tour.

There will be a special gala performance on September 2, with a limited number of tickets being offered at the original 1989 prices (from £7 to £10.50).

Since opening at Theatre Royal Plymouth in August 1989, Buddy has played 4,450 performances on tour in the UK and Ireland, as well as 5,822 performances in London’s West End.

It will be joining musicals including Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Miss Saigon, Evita and Cats in reaching the milestone of three decades on stage.

The Plymouth run will also see Buddy being performed on Buddy Holly’s birthday (September 7), allowing the cast and crew to pay homage to the man who inspired the show’s success.

Adrian Vinken, chief executive at Theatre Royal Plymouth, said: “The show was developed and started its life at the Theatre Royal Plymouth in 1989 and so this is very much the show’s ‘spiritual home’. We look forward to welcoming Buddy back.”

Buddy tells the tale of the musician’s rise to fame, before his untimely death at the age of 22.

It includes 20 of Buddy Holly’s greatest hits, including That’ll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, Oh Boy and Rave On.

Buddy has also inspired a generation of juke-box musicals including Mamma Mia and We Will Rock You.

Casting and tour dates to be announced in due course.