THE DRIFTERS GIRL
Queen of British Soul and West End leading lady Beverley Knight stars in the world premiere of a brand new musical The Drifters Girl, with the sensational Adam J Bernard (Dreamgirls), Tarinn Callender (Hamilton), Matt Henry (Kinky Boots) and Tosh Wanogho-Maud (Showboat).
Discover the remarkable story of The Drifters, one of the world’s greatest vocal groups, and the truth about the woman who made them. Beverley Knight stars as Faye Treadwell, the legendary manager of The Drifters, who, alongside her husband, fought for three decades to turn Atlantic Records’ hottest vocal group into a global phenomenon.
From the highs of hit records and sell out tours to the lows of legal battles and personal tragedy, The Drifters Girl charts the trailblazing efforts of the world’s first African American, female music manager and how she refused to ever give up on the group she loved. Thirty years, and hundreds of hit songs later, there is no doubt that Faye Treadwell was and always will be, The Drifters Girl.
With an unbelievable soundtrack of some of the most iconic songs in history, including Save The Last Dance For Me, Under The Boardwalk, Kissin’ In The Back Row Of The Movies, Stand By Me, Come On Over To My Place and Saturday Night At The Movies.
Thursday 4 November 2021 – Saturday 26 March 2022
Prices include a £1.50 restoration levy.
Monday – Saturday, 7.30pm
Wednesday & Saturday, 2.30pm
Beverley Knight is not scheduled to perform in The Drifters Girl
from the 17 to the 22 January 2022
Queen of British Soul Beverley Knight has been one of the UK’s most consistent artists for two decades, scoring several Top 10 albums, including the platinum selling Voice: The Best Of Beverley Knight. She has sold over a million albums in the UK along the way, including four gold certified albums. Her most recent studio album Soulsville was released in June 2016 and went straight into the UK Top 10. November 2019 saw Beverley celebrate 25 years in music with the release of a live album BK25: Beverley Knight with The Leo Green Orchestra at The Royal Festival Hall. The album brings to life all of Beverley’s hits recorded with a live orchestra, as well as three new studio tracks. She was awarded an MBE by the Queen in 2007 for services to British music and charity, has won three MOBO Awards, and been nominated for Best Female at the Brit Awards three times and for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize.
In recent years, Wolverhampton born Knight has forged a formidable parallel career in theatre. Her highly acclaimed West End debut was in the starring role as Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard in 2013. In 2014 she received an Olivier Award Nomination as Best Actress in a Musical for her much praised role, of Felicia Farrell in the Tony winning hit show Memphis The Musical. The production won Best New Musical at the 2015 WhatsOnStage Awards and received more Olivier nominations than any other West End show in 2015. In October 2015 at the request of Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber she joined the cast of Cats, playing the iconic role of Grizabella for an 11 week run at The London Palladium.
In 2017 she reprised the lead role in The Bodyguard in another successful run of the production in both London and Toronto. In September 2018 Beverley starred in a new show, Sylvia, at London’s iconic Old Vic Theatre, in which she played the role of Emmeline Pankhurst to huge acclaim. Her outstanding live performances have gained her a legion of famous fans over the years, from David Bowie to Prince, Stevie Wonder to Quincy Jones. She has collaborated on stage and on record with the likes of Prince, Jamiroquai, Bryan Adams, Ronnie Wood, Carlos Santana, Andrea Bocelli, Jools Holland, Jamie Cullum, Joss Stone, Take That and Chaka Kahn. Knight has toured the UK several times in her own right and has sold out London’s Royal Albert Hall on three occasions, debuting there in 2007.
Her broadcasting work includes presenting four series of Radio 2 show Beverley’s Gospel Nights, and two series of hit BBC1 show Just The Two Of Us. In the summer of 2012, Beverley wowed a 1 billion viewing audience with an outstanding rendition of the song I Am What I Am, in the finale of the London 2012 Paralympics Opening Ceremony. November 2017 saw the release of Songs From The Stage by Leading Ladies, an album featuring 3 West End stars, Beverley, Cassidy Janson (Beautiful: The Carole King Story) and Amber Riley (Dreamgirls), giving their stunning versions of classic female-centric songs from musical theatre. The album went Top 10 and was certified silver a few weeks after its release.
In 2019 it was announced that Beverley would be starring in a brand new West End musical, The Drifters Girl, based around the story of legendary music manager Faye Treadwell and the music of the Drifters, and opening in Autumn 2021. In early 2020 she was also announced as part of an all star cast of a brand new live action movie version of Cinderella, with Camilla Cabello in the title role.
Beverley is an ambassador for many charities such as Christian Aid with whom she has travelled to areas affected by disease and poverty to help raise awareness. She is an active campaigner for anti-Aids organisations and a patron of The Terrence Higgins Trust.
Adam J Bernard
Adam J Bernard is an Actor & Singer-Songwriter. He exploded straight into the UK’s West End limelight, originating the role of Jimmy ‘Thunder’ Early in Dreamgirls in the West End where he went on to win an Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical. He most recently finished filming the role of Nath in feature film Blonde, Purple. His other credits include; Young Charlie in Gangs Of London, Adam Baxter in BBC’s Doctors, Lieutenant Walker in Backdraft 2, Stunt Double for John Boyega’s FINN in Star Wars Vii: The Force Awakens, Dan Strongman in Holby City & Reynolds in US TV series: Legends (series 2).
Training: The Arts Educational School. Theatre includes: Bob in Come From Away (Phoenix Theatre), Dick in Dick Whittington and his Cat (Hackney Empire), the dual roles of Hercules Mulligan and James Madison in the Original London Cast of Hamilton (Victoria Palace Theatre) – for which is was nominated for a Black British Theatre Award 2020 for Best Supporting Male Actor in a Musical, Paul in Kiss Me, Kate (Kilworth House Theatre).
Other credits include: Prince Bert in Beauty (Workshop/NT Studio) directed by Rufus Norris, The Theatre Channel, Tunde in Party (BBC), I Think We Are Alone (Frantic Assembly), Roger the Dodger in The Beano Musical (Workshop/The Old Vic), Jay in Mama Youth (Pilot/Sky).
Award-winning West End actor, singer, songwriter, and artist: Matt Henry (MBE) is a man impossible to ignore. He was awarded an MBE in the Queens New Year’s Honours list (2017) for his work in Musical Theatre. Also that year Matt received a Grammy nomination for his solo performance on The London Kinky Boots cast recording. In (2016) he was Winner of The Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as Lola in Kinky Boots and voted by London theatre goers as Best Actor in a Musical at the WhatsOnStage awards (2016).
Matt has also toured the UK promoting his debut album Red Flare supporting Grammy and Tony winning pop icon, Cyndi Lauper back in 2016. His debut album Red Flare was recorded live at the studio of Dan Gillespie Sells (The Feeling) and produced by Mr Hudson and is now available to purchase on iTunes.
As a finalist on the BBC’s The Voice, where he was mentored by both will.i.am and Jessie J, Matt’s performance of Ray LaMontagne’s Trouble racked up over four million hits on YouTube and the original Trouble re-entered the UK charts that week, testament to Matt’s performance.
Previous theatre credits include: Hushabye Mountain (Hope Mill Theatre), Our Lady of Blundellsands (Liverpool Empire), One Night in Miami (Nottingham Playhouse), The Two Noble Kinsmen (Shakespeare’s Globe), Avenue Q (Noël Coward Theatre and UK tour), Lion King (Lyceum), Miss Saigon (UK tour), Saturday Night Fever (Apollo Victoria), Hair (UK tour), The Rat Pack Live from Vegas (Adelphi and UK tour), The Harder They Come (Stratford East and UK tour), The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (Royal & Derngate) and The Frontline (Shakespeare’s Globe).
Thursday 4 November 2021 – Saturday 26 March 2022
Monday – Saturday 7.30pm
Wednesday & Saturday 2.30pm
Running time: TBC
Age recommendation: TBC
Tickets from £20
All tickets include a £1.50 Theatre Restoration Levy
Monday – Thursday Band A Stalls / Dress Circle 8+ £46.50, 20+ £41
School Groups 10+
£50/£55 and £40/£45 tickets reduced to £25.
Valid Monday – Thursday performances.
All groups rates are subject to availability, and exclusions may apply.
Contact our helpful Groups team for more details.
Call: 0330 333 4817
Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm
VISITING THE VENUE
The Garrick Theatre opens 45 minutes before the start of each performance.
The Garrick Theatre is located on Charing Cross Road, near to Leicester Square in London’s West End. Below you can find information on how to get to the theatre and a map showing the location of the venue.
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Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH.
10am – 7.30pm, Monday to Saturday
Leicester Square (Northern, Piccadilly), Charing Cross (Northern, Bakerloo), Embankment (District, Circle)
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