Much-loved musical Grease is coming to the Theatre Royal Brighton this Monday for a three-week run to end a spectacular year of performances for the venue.

The musical tells a story of sex, gangs and rock ‘n’ roll amidst a 1950s US high school. First performed in 1971, Grease is perhaps the foundation upon which all our favourite high school films and tv shows were built, complete with outrageous tropes, rivalries and a plethora of issues affecting adolescents, including gang violence, teenage pregnancy and peer pressure. Without Grease we may never have had Mean Girls or Skins, let alone High School Musical or Glee.

Following an 8-year run on Broadway in the 70s – at the time the longest-running show on Broadway – Grease was adapted into a feature film starring Olivia Newton-John as Australian new girl and goodie-two-shoes Sandy and John Travolta as bad boy “greaser” Danny. The film became the highest-grossing musical ever globally and was voted number one on Channel 4’s list of the 100 greatest musicals.

Grease is famous for its iconic aesthetic of a fantasised 1950s, complete with personalised pink and black leatherjackets (for the Pink Ladies and the T-Birds clans respectively), racing cars, milkshake bars and high school balls. And of course there is its phenomenal soundtrack featuring gems such as ‘Summer Nights’, ‘You’re the One That I Want’, ‘Greased Lightnin’’ and ‘We Go Together’.

This production is in the hands of 17-time Broadway director David Gilmore and stars Tom Parker of boy band The Wanted, Over The Rainbow winner Danielle Hope, and Louisa Lytton (Eastenders, The Bill).

Grease is at the Theatre Royal Brighton from 11 December to 31 December 2017. Full dates and times are available via ATG Tickets.

Tickets : From £17

Images Credit: Paul Coltas

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