Preview: End of the Rainbow, Theatre Royal Brighton

OLIVIER Award-winning Tracie Bennett takes the West End by storm as Judy Garland in Peter Quilter’s End of the Rainbow, the latest musical blockbuster to be staged at the Theatre Royal, Brighton (October 3-8.) Directed by the award-winning Terry Johnson, End of the Rainbow received five star review and nightly standing ovations on its six month London run.

It’s December 1968 and Judy Garland is about to make her comeback… again.

In a London hotel room with her young new fiance at her side, Garland battles with a tornado of drugs and alcohol as she undertakes an exhausting series of concerts at the Talk of the Town to try and reclaim her crown as the greatest talent of her generation.

Despite a series of failed marriages and a wrecked Hollywood career, Judy remains a tough, compelling, remarkable woman always armed to the teeth with her legendary razor-sharp wit.

With a breathtaking performance by Tracie Bennett, supported by a six piece onstage band, the production features Garland’s most memorable songs including The Man That Got Away, Come Rain Or Come Shine, The Trolley Song, and of course Somewhere Over The Rainbow.