Tony Christie in Dreamboats and Petticoats

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I can’t believe that I had never heard of Dreamboats and Petticoats before I went to see it this week. And so I’m guessing perhaps lots of other people haven’t either. I’m not sure why… the show is full of classic 1960s hits, sure to get you tapping your feet. And despite being born 20 years later I knew nearly all the songs as if they had been in the charts yesterday. Perhaps pop music was more catchy back then.

There has never been a better time to go and see the show as currently Tony Christie stars as Phil and Older Bobby. Christie is great and has a surprisingly powerful and in tune voice; the song that made him famous, Is This the Way to Amarillo?, is featured towards the end of the show. The audience went wild for it!

I couldn’t help singing along, which I’m sure annoyed the people either side of me and I guarantee there will be at least one song that you recognise. My favourites included

  • Shakin’ All Over
  • Teenager In Love
  • Let’s Twist Again
  • At The Hop

Bad boy Norman is played by Ben James-Ellis who I have previously seen in Hairspray in London as suave Link Larkin. Lorna Want is sweet as Laura, and is by far the most convincing character on stage. The narrative follows her quest to woo the boy (Bobby) and win the National Youth Songwriting competition with him. This is a fun and light-hearted production, with nearly 40 songs sung live on stage with a band . Pretty impressive for a two-hour show.

Dreamboats and Petticoats is on at the Playhouse Theatre until 27 Nov. Get your Dreamboats and Petticoats tickets here.


  1. Lilac says:

    I’m keen to go and see this. It sounds a bit cheesy but loads of fun. Why must I beee a teenager in lurrve!