Barry Norman to Interview John Travolta Live in London's West End, Feb 16

Barry Norman to Interview John Travolta Live in London's West End, Feb 16Barry Norman, Britain's most respected and popular film critic, is announced today as the interviewer and host for A Conversation with John Travolta, when the global movie icon gets up close and personal on stage in London's West End on Sunday February 16.

This unmissable event is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear first hand from one of the world's biggest stars about their career and life, in the beautiful setting of The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Mr Travolta was first catapulted to international stardom in the blockbuster Saturday Night Fever, which launched the disco phenomenon in the 1970s. He will treat the audience to an intimate evening of anecdotes about his illustrious career, private insights from his life as one of the world's most admired screen idols as well as taking part in a special question and answer session with audience members.

Barry Norman became famous as the regular presenter of the BBC Film programme, starting in 1972 with Film '72. By the time he left after Film '98 he had become a household name. He continues his work as a critic with a regular column for the Radio Times. Barry started his writing career as a journalist on the Kensington News and was Show Business Editor of The Daily Mail until 1971. He has contributed over the years to The Guardian as occasional leader writer and Wednesday columnist, to The Observer as sports writer, to The Times as television critic and also as scriptwriter for the cartoon strip Flook on The Daily Mail. Barry has also written many novels and non-fiction books, including books on film and cricket, and his autobiography And Why Not? His most recent novel See You In The Morning is a candid and witty account of love, life and loss and was published in 2013.

A Conversation with John Travolta is produced by Really Useful Theatres Group, Rocco Buonvino & Joe Ricotta. Earlier this month, Mr Buonvino & Mr Ricotta produced the acclaimed An Audience with Sylvester Stallone at The London Palladium. In June 2013, Mr Buonvino presented An Evening with Al Pacino at The London Palladium

In a career spanning four decades, John Travolta has been in many of Hollwood's biggest box office successes, from the global smash-hit musical Grease alongside Olivia Newton-John to the Look Who's Talking franchise. He has been honoured twice with Best Actor Oscar nominations, the latest for his riveting portrayal of a philosophical hit-man in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. He also received BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations for this highly acclaimed role and was named Best Actor by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, among other distinguished awards. He earned his first Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for his role as Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever. His additional film credits include Brian DePalma thrillers Carrie and Blowout, as well as Nora Ephron's comic hit Michael. Travolta starred in Phenomenon and took an equally distinctive turn as an action star in John Woo's top-grossing Broken Arrow. He also starred in the classic Face/Off opposite Nicolas Cage. Travolta garnered further praise as a Mafioso-turned-movie producer in the comedy sensation Get Shorty, winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy. In 1998, Travolta was honored by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts with the Britanna Award: and in that same year he received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Chicago Film Festival. In 2008, he received his fourth Golden Globe nomination for his role as Edna Turnblad in the big-screen, box-office hit Hairspray. As a result of this performance, the Chicago Film Critics and the Santa Barbara Film Festival decided to recognise Travolta with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his role. He will next star in the action movie Killing Season with Robert De Niro and The Forger, co-starring Christopher Plummer. As an enthusiastic pilot, Travolta currently holds 11 jet licenses. His personal 707 aircraft is painted in the original Qantas V-Jet livery and bears the name Jett Clipper Ella in honor of his children. Travolta is the Qantas Airways Global Goodwill "Ambassador-at-Large" and piloted the original Qantas 707 during "Spirit of Friendship" global tour. He is also very involved in his charity, The Jett Travolta Foundation, which raises money for children with educational needs.

Rocco Buonvino has staged some of the biggest global entertainment events, from sold-out concerts to musical theatre productions and bespoke events with superstar artists. Rocco's achievements include organising and staging the world premiere of Robin Gibb's Titanic Requiem Concert at Westminster Central Hall and The Soldiers Charity Concert at the London Palladium. Other musical credits include promoting and staging of shows by world renowned artists such as Cliff Richard, Rod Stewart, The Chemical Brothers, Duran Duran, and the star studded Beatles Symphonica, a spectacular orchestral concert of pure classical interpretations with special star singers to celebrate the music of the world's greatest legendary band -The Beatles. Held at The Royal Albert Hall, star performers included Dame Shirley Bassey, Tony Christie, Beverley Knight and Susan Black.

Really Useful Theatres Group is wholly owned by Andrew Lloyd Webber and operates six commercial West End theatres. Our theatres are some of the most prestigious in the West End including the London Palladium and the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Our portfolio of impressive West End theatres also includes Her Majesty's Theatre, the Cambridge Theatre, New London Theatre and the Adelphi*. Really Useful Theatres play host to some of the world's best musicals and plays, as well as a range of other types of entertainment such as, concerts and comedy.

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