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tour of Summer Holiday the musicalIn 1963 Cliff Richard and the Shadows took off on a joyous jaunt across Europe in a Routemaster bus in the film Summer Holiday.

Now Spirit Productions are touring this iconic film as a feel-good stage musical next Summer with Don and his fellow London Transport bus mechanics (played by Cliff Richard and The Shadows in the film) do up do up a number 9 double-decker London bus to drive it through Paris, the Alps, Italy and then Greece, along the way picking up a girl group in a clapped-out Morris Minor who take them to their next singing job in Athens, plus a young American boy stowaway.

Meanwhile, a young American female singer has gone missing (the young American boy is actually the young American girl). The singers’ mother, a VERY ambitious woman and her aid take the story to the press and it makes the front page. Mayhem ensues as the pushy mum tries to put a spanner in the works!

The musical is colourful and funny with plenty of songs you can sing along with including In the Country, Summer Holiday, Travellin’ Light, Bachelor Boy, Move It, Living Doll, The Young Ones and On the Beach .

Current Dancing on Ice Champion of Champions Ray Quinn who was a runner up in The X Factor in 2006 and has since starred as Danny Zuko in Grease and taken roles in Dirty Dancing, Legally Blonde and The Wedding Singer is to star as Don with Bobby Crush playing the role of Jerry the long suffering agent for the first eight weeks of the UK tour. They will be joined by Sophie Matthew as runaway singer, Barbara, with Taryn Sudding taking on the role of Stella, her controlling fame-hungry mother.

Billy Roberts (Steve), Joe Goldie (Edwin) and Rory Maguire (Cyril) play Don's fellow London Transport mechanics.Gabby Antrobus (Mimsie), Alice Baker (Alma) and Laura Marie Benson (Angie) play girl singing group 'Do-Re-Mi!'

The cast is completed by Hannah Barr (Female Ensemble), Becky Bassett (Female Character), Caroline Bateson (Resident Choreographer); William Beckerleg (Male Character); Adam Crossley (Male Ensemble, Dance Captain); Sam Gallacher (Male Ensemble); Leanne Groutage (Female Ensemble) and Matt Trevorrow (Male Ensemble).

Directed and choreographed by Racky Plews, Summer Holiday will make its first stop at the Liverpool Empire in May ahead of a UK tour that will continue into 2019. Below are the tour dates we have far with more to follow .

Woking New Victoria
22-26 May
York Opera House
29 May-2 June
Bromley Churchill
5-9 June
Birmingham New Alexandra
12-16 June
Edinburgh Playhouse
19-23 June
Plymouth Theatre
26-30 June
Brighton Theatre Royal
17-21 July
Blackpool Winter Gardens
24-28 July
Leeds Grand
31 July-4 August
Cardiff Millennum Centre
14-18 August
Southend Cliffs Pavilion
23-27 August
Dartford Orchard
4-8 September
Chester Story House
11-15 September
Wimbledon New
18-22 September
Stoke Regent
2-6 October
Aylesbury Waterside
23-27 October
Glasgow King's
30 October-3 November