Closer to Heaven revival to run at London’s Turbine Theatre

Closer to Heaven

A new revival of musical Closer to Heaven is to run at London’s Turbine Theatre.

The show, written by Jonathan Harvey with music and lyrics by Pet Shop Boys, will run from 31 May – 30 June 2024.

The Turbine Theatre will be transformed into Vic’s Club and seating for this production will be allocated on arrival.

Leading the cast is the Tony award winning, 1994 Eurovision Song Contest contestant Frances Ruffelle as Billie Trix.

She is joined by Courtney Bowman, recently seen as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde at Regent Park Open Air Theatre as Shell Christian, Glenn Adamson (Bat Out Of Hell) as Dave, Connor Carson (The Phantom Of The Opera) as Lee, Kurt Kansley (RENT) as Vic Christian, David Muscat (Billy Elliot) as Bob Saunders and Lewis Brown (Queenz) as Flynn.

Beth Curnock, Jamie Tait and Cian Hughes complete the cast as Babes.

The new production is directed by Simon Hardwick with choreography by Christopher Tendai with casting by Will Burton CDG.

Let us take you back to the Millennium for the night of your life… London’s club-land is thriving. Suddenly what was wrong seems right… The Turbine Theatre is proud to present new production of this adored club musical.

Closer to Heaven features an original club score by Pet Shop Boys and originally premiered at the Arts Theatre in 2001. The Pet Shop Boys are the UK’s most successful pop duo, having enjoyed 12 Top Ten studio albums and 40 Top Twenty singles.

The show forms part of The Turbine Theatre’s newly announced season.

Opening the season is the debut play by celebrated gay playwright Kevin Elyot, Coming Clean.

Following Coming Clean, the next production will be Blowing Whistles, written by Matthew Todd.

Paul Taylor Mills, Artistic Director of The Turbine Theatre said: “I’m thrilled to be presenting three celebrated queer productions this Spring/Summer. The Turbine Theatre continues to be a forefront of LGBTQ plus representation in theatre and this programme cements that. We’re hugely grateful for our loyal audiences and hope they’re as excited about our forthcoming season as we are.

“I’m particularly looking forward to completely reconfiguring our entire theatre to create a club atmosphere for our revival of the cult classic Closer to Heaven, where we will be able to enjoy the anthemic Pet Shop Boys’ sounds once more.”

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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