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Watch The Legend That Is Judy Garland Come Alive On Stage
The legend that is Judy Garland is at the centre of this moving play about the American singing star.

And taking on the role of Judy in this new UK tour is British actress and television presenter Lisa Maxwell who previously starred in The Bill and is now a regular panellist on ITV's Loose Women.

Lisa Maxwell
Lisa Maxwell to star as Judy Garland

End of the Rainbow, which first premiered at the Sydney Opera House in Australia in 2005, kicks off its 2016 UK tour on February 12, but will also be making a welcome appearance at the Lichfield Garrick Theatre from May 16 to 18.

Peter Quilter's acclaimed End of the Rainbow is set in 1968 with Judy Garland, a once-glittering star, about to make her comeback in London. But off stage, holed up in her hotel room, she is battling with her young new fiancι, her devoted accompanist, and her destructive addictions.

Lichfield Garrick Theatre
End of the Rainbow coming to Lichfield Garrick

This fiercely funny and emotionally charged show features Garland's most memorable songs such as The Man That Got Away, Come Rain Or Come Shine, The Trolley Song and of course Somewhere Over The Rainbow.

Lisa Maxwell, who is best known for her role as Samantha Nixon in ITV's The Bill from 2002 to 2009, will be making her stage acting debut in End of the Rainbow.

Gary Wilmot
Gary Wilmot will be appearing alongside Lisa Maxwell

She will be performing alongside Gary Wilmot whose musical theatre career began when he played Bill Snibson in the hit production of Me and My Girl at the Adelphi Theatre. Since then he has gone on to star in a number of top West End or touring musicals including The Pajama Game, Chicago, Half a Sixpence, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Completing the starring roles is Sam Attwater who made his TV acting debut in 2009, playing Ricky in Hollyoaks, and has since appeared as Brad in the 40th Anniversary tour of The Rocky Horror Show, Dreamboats and Petticoats in the West End, and the 2014 UK Tour of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. He also won the sixth series of ITV's Dancing on Ice in 2011.

Sam Attwater
Sam Attwater joining UK tour of End of the Rainbow

After premiering in Australia in 2005, End of the Rainbow played at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival the following year before returning to the UK in 2010 in a new production, transferring to the West End the same year where it ran for six months and received four Olivier Award nominations.

A Broadway run followed in 2012, where it received three Tony Award nominations.

Lichfield Garrick
The main stage at Lichfield Garrick

End of the Rainbow runs at the Lichfield Garrick from Monday 16 May to Wednesday 18 May at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost from £17.50 and can be booked online at or by calling the Box Office on 01543 412121.

For further information about the tour visit


Friday 12 – Saturday 20 February 2016
COLCHESTER Mercury Theatre

Tuesday 23 – Saturday 27 February 2016
COVENTRY Belgrade Theatre

Tuesday 1 – Saturday 5 March 2016
AYLESBURY Waterside Theatre

Tuesday 8 – Saturday 12 March 2016
BROMLEY Churchill Theatre

Tuesday 15 – Saturday 19 March 2016
TORQUAY Princess Theatre

Tuesday 22 – Saturday 26 March 2016
WINDSOR Theatre Royal

Tuesday 29 March – Saturday 2 April 2016
BRIGHTON Theatre Royal

Tuesday 5 – Saturday 9 April 2016
MALVERN Festival Theatre

Monday 18 – Wednesday 20 April 2016

Tuesday 26 – Saturday 30 April 2016
GLASGOW King's Theatre

Tuesday 3 – Saturday 7 May 2016

Monday 9 – Wednesday 11 May 2016
BILLINGHAM Forum Theatre

Thursday 12 – Saturday 14 May 2016
SHEFFIELD Lyceum Theatre

Monday 16 – Wednesday 18 May 2016
LICHFIELD Garrick Theatre

Thursday 19 – Saturday 21 May 2016
NEWCASTLE Tyne Theatre & Opera House

Tuesday 24 – Saturday 28 May 2016

Tuesday 31 May – Saturday 4 June 2016

Tuesday 7 – Saturday 11 June 2016
WOKING New Victoria Theatre

Tuesday 14 – Saturday 18 June 2016

Tuesday 21 -Saturday 25 June 2016
BIRMINGHAM New Alexandra Theatre

Tuesday 5 – Saturday 9 July 2015
CHELTENHAM Everyman Theatre
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Why? A Moving Play About Singing Legend Judy Garland
When: 12 February - 9 July 2016
Phone: 01543 412121
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 6HR
Cost: Tickets from £17.50
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