Romford’s own Freddie Mercury returns for rare hometown show

Gary Goodmaze will play a rare hometown show at the Brookside Theatre, in Romford, on Sunday.

Gary Goodmaze will play a rare hometown show at the Brookside Theatre, in Romford, on Sunday. - Credit: Archant

The music of Queen will come to life in Romford on Sunday, as the self-proclaimed best Freddie Mercury tribute act in Europe takes to the stage.

Gary Goodmaze, of Collier Rowe, will play a rare hometown performance at the Brookside Theatre, in Eastern Road, complete with trademark moustache and fist pumping.

The former comedian began his career as a comedian, before trying his hand as a blue coat performer at a Pontins holiday camp.

Performing as Freddie for 17 years, the singer has honed his tribute to the Queen frontman to near perfection and recently took his act to perform a memorial show in Switzerland.

At the end of the year Gary will travel to Freddie Mercury’s birthplace, Zanzibar, to play a show which he describes as a “dream come true”.


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Despite his frequent globetrotting, Gary says he’s excited to return home for a show.

“I have been lucky to play all around the world”, he said. “But it is so good to come and play the town you were born in and live in.”

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The former blue coat will take to the Romford stage at 8pm. Tickets cost £12.50, visit brooksidetheatre.com.

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