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Foot-tapping sing-along show celebrating legendary soul singers to hit Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch

PUBLISHED: 10:00 21 August 2017

The show is full of classic soul music. Picture: Queen's Theatre

The show is full of classic soul music. Picture: Queen's Theatre

Queen's Theatre

A show celebrating the “special” music of legendary soul and R&B singer Ben E King and The Drifters, is making its way to the borough.

Stand By Me. Picture: Queen's Theatre Stand By Me. Picture: Queen's Theatre

The foot-tapping, sing-along production of Stand By Me will be taking centre stage at Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, on September 3, mesmerising its audience with renditions of some classic tunes.

Actress Sarah Martin, 21, said: “I love being in the show because of The Drifters’ incredible, unique story.

“The career of the band has lasted over six decades and has seen more than 65 members and therefore there has been a wealth of highs, lows, traumas and achievements throughout the years.

“To play a part in telling the story of their incredible legacy through their music (which I also love) is a real honour for me.”

Telling the story of The Drifters. Picture: Queen's Theatre Telling the story of The Drifters. Picture: Queen's Theatre

Stand By Me tells the story of one of the biggest selling bands of all time told through anecdotes of former members on screen, as well as a succession of hits from over the past 60 years.

From Save the Last Dance for Me and Saturday Night at the Movies, to Come on Over to my Place, and of course, Stand By Me, there are plenty of classic songs to keep you entertained throughout the night.

Damion Charles, 31, plays the role of Rudy Lewis who replaced Ben E King in the band when he left. Rudy was involved in many of the hits including Some Kinda Wonderful, On Broadway and Up on the Roof.

Damion was also a member 
of the band for seven years 
from 2008 and so gets to play himself.

Stand By Me. Picture: Queen's Theatre Stand By Me. Picture: Queen's Theatre

Talking about his role as Rudy Lewis, Damion said: “He died in his hotel room the night before he was due to record Under the Boardwalk and was only 27 so for me this part of the show is so poignant and we pay a great tribute to his contribution and hits during the show.

“There are many things I enjoy including working with a cast of 16 talented professionals, with over a hundred different costumes. I get several snazzy suits to wear.

“But I suppose having been a part of the real legacy, it’s great to be able to pay tribute to the forerunners of the band.”

From County Durham, Sarah who plays several characters during the show such as a member of The Andrews Sisters, is a graduate from the Academy of Contemporary Music and featured on The Drifters Rebranded tour.

She said: “I always look forward to the finale of the show, because it’s just a real party atmosphere.

“You can expect The Drifters’ biggest and best hits in this section, with lots of opportunity for the audience to get up out of their seats for a dance.

“I feel that this is one of the most unique things about this show.

“In terms of the storyline, I am really fond of the scene where the Drifters are falsely accused of a robbery and are arrested: this scene is extremely fun and it allows the fans to 
see a different side to the life 
of a Drifter aside from glamorous shows and recording studios that we are used to seeing.”

Stand By Me will explore the truth behind the band’s ups and downs as well its success over the years.

Damion said: “If you like 
this period of music, it has all the greatest Drifters songs along with many other great artists’ hits over six decades, a very talented cast, many costume changes over the decades, things about life during those times that many will have lived through or never even knew about and wall to wall fun and music!

“See you there.”

Stand By Me will be performed at Queen’s Theatre on September 3. For more information visit queens-theatre.co.uk

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