Casey Donovan prepares to head to London with The Sapphires

The Barbican brings The Sapphires to London in March 2011, following a tour in Australia and Korea in 2010. The Sapphiresis a co-production by two of Australia’s leading theatre companies, Belvoir and Black Swan State Theatre Company, and has been redirected by Neil Armfield and Wayne Blair for the London run, based on a production originally directed by Wesley Enoch.

The Sapphires is a feel-good musical about four Koori women working in a factory but dreaming of stardom as Motown divas and features music that defined a generation. It is based on a true story written by former Neighbours actor Tony Briggs (a descendant of the Dhulan Yan clan from the Yorta Yorta region) about his own family, and follows the protagonists’ search for fame and fortune which leads them unexpectedly to Vietnam performing as a Supremes cover band for troops on the front line.

The cast includes Casey Donovan, winner of Australian Idol2004, and the production features a live band who play classic Motown hits including Stop in the Name of Love, Heatwave, Respect and Chain of Fools, along with traditional music such as the hymn Bura Fera. The dazzling costumes are created by the award-winning costume designer Tim Chappel, who worked on the film and stage version of Priscilla Queen of the Desert

The Sapphires is presented in association with UK Arts International, and its touring partner is Rio Tinto.


Venue: Barbican Theatre
Dates and time: Wednesday 2 – Saturday 12 March
7.45pm, except Sunday 6 March, 5pm
Also 2pm on Saturday 5 and 12 March
No performance on Monday 7 March
Running time: 140 minutes, including interval
Press performance: Wednesday 2 March, 7.45pm
Tickets: £16.00 – £28.00

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