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Summer Holiday starring Ray Quinn to come to Dartford

PUBLISHED: 07:00 02 August 2018

Taking on the lead roll of Don, made famous by Cliff Richard, is singer-songwriter Ray Quinn. Picture: Summer Holiday Ltd

Taking on the lead roll of Don, made famous by Cliff Richard, is singer-songwriter Ray Quinn. Picture: Summer Holiday Ltd

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Iconic 1960s film Summer Holiday is coming to Dartford in September, featuring all the number one hits from the movie plus some additional Cliff Richard classics.

The hit-filled musical features many of 1960�s biggest songs. Picture: Summer Holiday LtdThe hit-filled musical features many of 1960�s biggest songs. Picture: Summer Holiday Ltd

Taking on the lead roll of Don, made famous by Cliff Richard, is singer-songwriter Ray Quinn.

Ray shot to fame as the runner-up in ITV1’s The X Factor in 2006.

This spurned a career in both music and of late musicals, with his debut album Doing It My Way entering the charts at number one and quickly gaining platinum status.

Ray is perhaps best known more recently for doing the double on ITV1’s Dancing on Ice, winning for the first time in 2009, and then again on Dancing on Ice: Champion of Champions in 2014.

Iconic 1960s film Summer Holiday is coming to Dartford in September, Picture: Summer Holiday LtdIconic 1960s film Summer Holiday is coming to Dartford in September, Picture: Summer Holiday Ltd

Ray’s theatre credits include Danny Zuko in Grease (West End), Dirty Dancing (West End), Legally Blonde (UK Tour) and most recently, The Wedding Singer (UK Tour).

“So far the show has been going really well,” he said.

“Audiences have been fantastic, we haven’t had a bad day – the show is great.”

Summer Holiday tells the story of Don and his fellow London Transport mechanics as they journey together in a red double-decker bus through Paris, the Alps, Italy and Greece.

Taking on the lead roll of Don, made famous by Cliff Richard, is singer-songwriter Ray Quinn. Picture: Summer Holiday LtdTaking on the lead roll of Don, made famous by Cliff Richard, is singer-songwriter Ray Quinn. Picture: Summer Holiday Ltd

Along the way they pick up a girl singing group and a young American pop star who is on the run from her domineering mother.

When asked what his favourite thing about being a part of this musical was, Ray said: “Just the challenge, the all-singing, all-dancing part of it.

“Also the smiles left on the audiences’ faces - there’s real enjoyment involved.”

Ray said he enjoys playing Don because he’s such a fun character: “He’s just up for a good time, he’s open and honest and he’s a good friend and a good person,” he said.

The hit-filled musical features many of 1960�s biggest songs. Picture: Summer Holiday LtdThe hit-filled musical features many of 1960�s biggest songs. Picture: Summer Holiday Ltd

“He rallies the troops up and creates the holiday of a lifetime.

“It’s a fantastic story, it’s one big adventure that Don creates - he’s very ‘get up and do it’.”

Ray hasn’t watched the original film, preferring to make Don his own character.

“I deliberately didn’t watch the film. I didn’t want to just copy and paste it.

Iconic 1960s film Summer Holiday is coming to Dartford in September, Picture: Summer Holiday LtdIconic 1960s film Summer Holiday is coming to Dartford in September, Picture: Summer Holiday Ltd

“I wanted this to be my own Don, and find my own way.

“My nan, when she was here, loved the film and was a massive fan of Cliff – it’s nice to be a part of that for her and myself.”

Speaking about his musical career, Ray said: “Going to theatre was something that felt so natural to me.

“I have been very lucky to have taken part in the things I have done – although I do work hard for it too.”

To get into character, Ray likes to delve into the era. “I listen to a bit of 60s music and I try to get into the swing of things in that way.

“It just comes with reading the script and the story, trying to take everything on board.”

The hit-filled musical features many of 1960’s biggest songs including In the Country, Summer Holiday, Travellin’ Light, Bachelor Boy, Move It, Living Doll, The Young Ones and On the Beach.

“This era was a bit naughty and fun – people were starting to have enjoy themselves a bit more,” Ray said.

“Life seemed relaxed, it’s like nobody felt like there were any worries.

“It’s nice to ‘go back in time’ in that sense.”

When asked what audiences can expect from the show, he said: “They can expect fun and laughter and cheers and smiles, and an easy story to take in.

“It’s a pleasure to be involved in it really.”

Ray is also happy to be coming to Dartford.

“I’ve been constantly touring at the moment, a lot my friends live in Dartford so I am looking forward to coming!”

Tickets for Summer Holiday are on sale now and can be purchased at www.summerholidaythemusical.co.uk.

The show will be playing at the Orchard Theatre, Home Gardens, from September 4 - September 8.

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