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Two performing friends from Norfolk will be taking their production to London after performing it at St George's Guildhall on Saturday.

The Show Must Go On features songs from more than 30 Broadway and West End Shows and will be performed on Saturday, June 25, in Lynn and later on in the year in London.

Performers Chris Dilley who is originally from Swaffham and Sarah Pryde both grew up in Norfolk and were brought together as friends by their love of musical theatre and performing at Norwich Theatre Royal.

Gorleston Pavilion actors: Sarah Pryde, Chris Dilley, Laura Roome. Photo credit by Mark Ludman (57428869)
Gorleston Pavilion actors: Sarah Pryde, Chris Dilley, Laura Roome. Photo credit by Mark Ludman (57428869)

Both are professional actors who have set up a theatre company Performers International Productions.

They have performed all over the country and abroad in musicals and pantomimes with Chris playing the characters Levi and Baker in the national tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, and Sarah as Lady Churchill in Churchill the Musical at the Lyric Theatre in London.

In between acting gigs, Chris works as a teacher in schools across the county.

Gorleston Pavilion actor – Laura Roome. Photo credit: Mark Ludman (57428860)
Gorleston Pavilion actor – Laura Roome. Photo credit: Mark Ludman (57428860)

Chris said: "The idea was formed to create a company, develop the product and bring our show and our love of musical theatre to the UK.

"Having performed across the county, trialling and adapting the concept, it was decided to create a tour, travelling across East Anglia and potentially at a venue in London.

"At this point we submitted our trailer and concept to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Other Palace and the Charing Cross Theatre in London, and were accepted by both.

Gorleston Pavilion actors and dancers Georgia Milan, Sara Crowley, Sarah Pryde, Laura Roome, Alice Ross. Photo credit: Mark Ludman (57428863)
Gorleston Pavilion actors and dancers Georgia Milan, Sara Crowley, Sarah Pryde, Laura Roome, Alice Ross. Photo credit: Mark Ludman (57428863)

"Dates were confirmed in the May and September of 2020 respectively.

"Then Covid-19 hit!

"A plan long in the making, to develop a show worthy of touring the UK, with live band and unique set, and one day, maybe, making its debut in the West End.

Gorleston Pavilion actors Sarah Pryde, Toby Watts, Chris Dilley, Laura Roome. John Simpson, Sara Crowley. Photo credit: Mark Ludman (57428848)
Gorleston Pavilion actors Sarah Pryde, Toby Watts, Chris Dilley, Laura Roome. John Simpson, Sara Crowley. Photo credit: Mark Ludman (57428848)

"After many incarcerations, The Show Must Go On: The Musical Theatre Story was born and it is this we now tour and are set to perform in London at the Charing Cross Theatre in October of this year.

"This provides unique opportunity for us to promote the show to potential producers and investors and hopefully move us one step closer to living that dream.

"Touring a production and employing a set of performers and creatives regularly, bringing musical theatre joy around the country."

Georgia Milan, Gorleston Pavillion dancer. Photo credit: Mark Ludman (57428866)
Georgia Milan, Gorleston Pavillion dancer. Photo credit: Mark Ludman (57428866)

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