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It’s great to be able to see fantastic shows on our doorstep, with no train fares or London stop-overs and the New Theatre has brought us some brilliant ones.

The next one on its way to the city is the show that’s been seen by over 22 million people worldwide!

The multi award-winning West End and Broadway show, Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story, first opened way back in 1989 and has been thrilling audiences around the world ever since. It’s such a feel good show packed with fantastic tunes, drama and passion.

Talented musicians tell Buddy Holly’s story, from his Texas rockabilly beginnings to international stardom and his legendary final performance at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, before his tragic death at the age of just 22.

ESP caught up with AJ Jenks who stars in the lead role. Trained as an actor musician AJ is a strong believer that if you’re in a musical you should be playing your own instruments and singing live. He’s a huge fan and keen to bring Buddy’s character to life and not to be a tribute act.

“I saw the show as a child and listened to the cassette on the way to school. That music has always been part of my life and I wanted to play the part. It’s a dream come true. Buddy is the number one role for me.

“It’s the classic story – he fought the cultural norm, made it and became famous and then passed away young. It really was ‘the day the music died’ – it was a weird turning point in musical history. It was the end of the rock n roll era moving into the new pop era, it really set it off.

“He had such an influence – he really broke the mould and wrote his own songs which others at the time didn’t.”

AJ is in awe of Buddy Holly and all that he achieved and this long running show telling his story captures his spirit.

“It’s the excitement and eagerness, he didn’t see anything as dangerous, every 5 seconds he wants to try something new and just sees it all as opportunities – the innocence of him – other people at the time think it’s the Devil’s music. He didn’t care about the social norm. It’s just such a great story about an innocent kid who changed music forever.”

This show promises to have everyone up and dancing to some of the greatest songs ever written, including That’ll Be The Day, Oh Boy, Rave On, La Bamba, Chantilly Lace, Johnny B. Goode, Raining In My Heart, Everyday, Shout and so many more.

See it in Peterborough from September 26 – 30, it’ll be Peggy Sue-perb!

Book your tickets now at or call the box office on 01733 852992


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