John Barrowman performing at the Henley Festival
July 01, 2009
John Barrowman is about to return to our TV screens for a new series of Torchwood, but fans of the all-round entertainer and actor will be delighted to know that he will also perform at next week’s Henley Festival.
Fans can buy tickets for John’s performance on Friday, July 10, where he’ll headline a show on the Festival’s Floating Stage enticingly called Pure Gold from the Silver Screen – and the concert will also be recorded by BBC Radio 2 for its ever-popular Friday Night is Music Night series.
Other luminaries on the stage with John that night are presenter Sir Michael Parkinson and leading lady Kerry Ellis, currently heading the cast as Elphaba in Wicked.
Interestingly, although John Barrowman hasn’t visited the Festival before, he has his finger firmly on the Henley pulse.
The opening episode of his recent Saturday night entertainment show Tonight’s the Night featured celebrity guest Katherine Jenkins – the very singer who will appear on the Floating Stage for the 2009 Festival’s opening night.
West End star John Barrowman is a unique talent in the British entertainment industry. With a high profile on a variety of primetime TV shows on both sides of the Atlantic, his biggest breakthrough was the his guest appearance as Captain Jack Harkness in Doctor Who.
The character was then given his own show, Torchwood, the third series of which will return to BBC One on Monday and can be heard in a series of radio plays on Radio 4 at 2.15pm until Friday.
Pure Gold From The Silver Screen is just one of a number of shows within the five-day festival.
“I am hugely looking forward to seeing this show,” says Stewart Collins, the Festival’s Artistic Director. “All-in-all this should be a fabulous show what with John, the concert’s presenter Sir Michael Parkinson, West End star Kerry Ellis, the fabulous vocal outfit Cantabile – The London Quartet and the BBC Concert Orchestra.”
Also in the Festival’s smaller venues that night are: biographer and television newscaster John Suchet with musical director Simon Mulligan on the piano in a Beethoven performance; A Funny Look at Impressions with comedian Jan Ravens; world class virtuoso guitarist Eduardo Niebla; and the maestro of swing and jazz himself, Ray Gelato.
There will also be spectacular fireworks, galleries and sculpture lawns bursting with visual art and Henley ’s uniquely quirky roving street artists.
Henley Festival launches on Wednesday, with a performance by Katherine Jenkins and a Flanders and Swann tribute band.
On Thursday, highlights include Mishka Adams, while on Saturday Arthur Smith will bring his humour to Henley. The festival closes on Sunday with The Bootleg Beatles and Jo Brand.