Life in the roaring 20s

Ali Bastian as Roxie Hart and Tupele Dorgu as Velma Kelly
Ali Bastian as Roxie Hart and Tupele Dorgu as Velma Kelly

CHICAGO

Congress Theatre, Eastbourne

Bernie Nolan as Mama Morton

Bernie Nolan as Mama Morton

Monday June 4 – Saturday June 9

“Murder, greed, corruption, exploitation, adultery and treachery… all those things we hold near and dear to our hearts”… so begins the international award-winning musical Chicago, which returns to the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne this summer, with an all star cast which includes; Stefan Booth as Billy Flynn, Ali Bastian as Roxie Hart, Tupele Dorgu as Velma Kelly and Bernie Nolan as Mama Morton.

Based on real life events back in the roaring 1920s, nightclub singer Roxie Hart shoots her lover and along with Cell Block rival, double-murderess Velma Kelly, they fight to keep from death row with the help of smooth talking lawyer, Billy Flynn.

Created by the musical theatre talents of John Kander, Fred Ebb and legendary choreographer Bob Fosse, Chicago’s sassy score includes All That Jazz and Razzle Dazzle. With 6 Tony, 2 Olivier, 1 Grammy, 2 Bafta and 6 Academy Awards, Chicago truly is the show of the summer.

Tupele Dorgu as Velma Kelly

Tupele Dorgu as Velma Kelly

Starring as the merry murderess, Roxie Hart, Ali Bastian has been a regular fixture on British television screens for over nine years with long-running roles including Becca in Hollyoaks and Sally Armstrong in The Bill. Ali is probably best known for reaching the semi-finals in the 2009 series of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing which lead to stage appearances in Burn The Floor and Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour.

Joining Ali in this sensational musical is Stefan Booth, recently seen playing Tanya’s husband Greg Jessop in EastEnders, and who starred in the Eastbourne 2008 pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The cast also includes Tupele Dorgu, best known as Kelly Crabtree in Coronation Street, and The Nolans lead singer, Bernie Nolan as Mama Morton.

Monday - Friday evenings 7.30pm, Thursday matinee 2.30pm, Saturday 5pm and 8pm. Tickets £12 - £35, concessions and generous groups discounts available. To book call Box Office on 01323 41200 or online at www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk