An uplifting world premiere

Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company is to present the world premiere of My Judy Garland Life later this month.

My Judy Garland Life, by Susie Boyt, is adapted by Amanda Whittington and can be seen there from January 31-February 15.

This touching and uplifting new play takes you deep into the joy and heartache of hero worship.

Based on the autobiographical memoir of critically acclaimed author Susie Boyt, My Judy Garland Life tells the story of growing up under the spell of Judy Garland.

Enthralled as a child by the passion and pain of Garland’s voice, the troubled star becomes someone Susie can confide in; care for and be consoled by. Judy’s heart-stopping blend of joy and anguish helps Susie with her own personal troubles, ultimately bringing her through her darkest days.

Cast in the role of Judy Garland is musical theatre star Sally Ann Triplett.

A Judy Garland fan herself, Sally Ann has appeared in numerous West End productions including; Cats, (New London Theatre), Chicago, (Adelphi Theatre) and Guys and Dolls, (Piccadilly Theatre).

Sally Ann said: “I always knew I wanted to perform from a very early age and my parents would sit me down in front of the telly any time an MGM film was on, so my love for Judy began a long time ago. It’s a time in history I wish I had been born in and so it feels almost full circle to be playing the lady herself. It’s a daunting task but something I am incredibly excited about.”

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Kath Rogers, director of My Judy Garland Life said: “I’m so excited to be working on this extraordinary new play, which is a completely original take on the Judy Garland story. We see Judy’s life through the eyes of a young girl who seeks solace in the songs we know and love. And we’re delighted to have one of our best-loved musical theatre stars in the title role. Her joy, heart and spirit will bring Judy spectacularly to life at Nottingham Playhouse. We’re over the moon – and the rainbow – to have her.”

To coincide with this new play, Nottingham Playhouse in partnership with Fifth Word Theatre will be presenting another of Amanda Whittington’s plays, Amateur Girl, in the Neville Studio from February 3-8. Based on real-life stories, Amateur Girl is a hard-hitting, poignant yet wryly amusing play about the reality behind the fantasy business, starring Lucy Speed, formerly of EastEnders and The Bill.

It has been critically applauded by the Guardian who said “An admirably non-judgmental account of the realities of subsisting on a minimum wage … Whittington has crafted a perceptive and compassionate account of a vivacious but vulnerable character.” 

For ticket details, you can call the box office on 0115 9419419.