CLUB TROPICANA Brings the Sunshine to Coventry's Belgrade Theatre
Coventry's Belgrade Theatre will be seeing in the summer with the hits of the 80s when sun-soaked musical Club Tropicana hits the Midlands this May.
Presented by the producers of the hit UK tour of Hairspray, this sizzling new show stars X Factor winner and Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat star Joe McElderry as the entertainment manager of the luxurious Club Tropicana Hotel, where the drinks are free and everyone's invited.
The story begins when young lovers Lorraine (Karina Hinds) and Olly (Cellen Chugg Jones) get cold feet before their wedding, and decide a break is needed to rekindle their cooling romance. The pair agree to spend a spell apart and head for sunnier climes, little knowing that they've checked into the same hotel!
Meanwhile, behind the veneer of flowing drinks and glowing tans, there's another sort of trouble in paradise, with interfering inspectors threatening the hotel with closure. Will the budding bride and groom get back together? And will the resort survive another summer?
All will be revealed in hilarious style in this uplifting holiday hit, set to an irresistible, electric 80s soundtrack including Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Take On Me, Relax, Just Can't Get Enough and many more.
Casting for the show includes Neil McDermott (EastEnders, The Sound of Music) and former Sugababe Amelle Berrabah as hotel owners Robert and Serena alongside Emily Tierney (Wicked, The Wizard of Oz) as scheming interloper Christine and Kate Robbins (Spitting Image, Dinnerladies) as grumpy chamber maid Consuela.
Completing the cast are Rebecca Mendoza (Tracey), Kane Verrall (Blaine), Tara Verloop (Andrea), Rory Phelan (Drew), Nye Rees, Joshua Pearson, Ben Darcy, Camilla Rowland, Courtney-Brogan Smalley, Christina Shand, Alexanda O'Reilly and Megan Louch.
Club Tropicana is written by actor, playwright and director Michael Gyngell. It is choreographed and co-directed by the internationally acclaimed Nick Winston, with actor and writer Samuel Holmes making his directorial debut as co-director. The set and costume designer is Diego Pitarch, and the musical director is Charlie Ingles. Lighting is by Tim Deiling, sound is by Ben Harrison and musical supervision and arrangements are by Greg Arrowsmith. The producers are Mark Goucher and Gavin Kalin.
Photo Credit: Joe McElderry