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Jackie the Musical

Once there was a time with no mobiles, no online dating and no Facebook, when teenage girls waited with bated breath by the letterbox for their weekly issue of Jackie Magazine. In Jackie the Musical we revisit those heady days, and tell the story of a recent divorcée who seeks advice once more from the pages of her old Jackie annuals.

The quizzes, the fashion tips, the ‘do’s and don’ts on first date’ and above all the Cathy and Claire problem pages are all eagerly devoured by our plucky heroine as she revisits the dizzy world of the teen bible. With her ex and a handsome new guy in tow, the valuable lessons she learnt as a girl begin to influence her future and Jackie discovers the one person in control of her life is… her.

Starring Janet Dibley (The Two of Us, EastEnders, Fat Friends), Olivier Award nominee Graham Bickley (Ragtime, Bread) and Nicholas Bailey (EastEnders, The Archers), Jackie the Musical is accompanied by a pulsating sound track of classic 70’s hits. Thrill once more to the unmistakable sounds of pop idols Donny Osmond, David Cassidy, Marc Bolan and many more. Written by Mike James and directed by Anna Linstrum, with original choreography by Arlene Phillips, this fun and feisty night out is a must see.

REVIEW: I think I was the only man in the audience and most of the women were 50+ the perfect ‘Jackie’ reading teenagers from the seventies. I brought my sisters along with me and along with the packed Wycombe Swan theatre they all loved it straight from the start …. it had the atmosphere of a nostalgic hen night!…. Not only was there classic 70’s songs one after another but a fantastic script …. Every punchline reminded the audience of their teenage existence …. and what is was like for a girl reading her Jackie… the bible of being the perfect teenager….  I don’t think I have seen a musical so excellently put together to entertain and delight its unique demographic so well….. My only complaint is we need those speech bubbles  much larger…. us old gits can’t read such small writing from that distance anymore !!!

Thoroughly recommend a visit with your girlfriends if you read that mag!! – Richard Carr 11/05/16

At Wycombe Swan Tues 10th to Sat 14th May 2016

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