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‘Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story’ returns to Cardiff

The world’s most successful rock and roll musical, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, is returning to Cardiff next month.

It tells the enduring tale of the musical icon’s meteoric rise to fame and his final legendary performance at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, before his tragic and untimely death at the age of 22. In 18 short months the Texas-born boy revolutionized the face of contemporary music influencing everyone from The Beatles to Bruce Springsteen.

The production features more than 20 of Buddy Holly’s greatest hits, including That’ll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, Oh Boy and Rave On, and has been seen by over 22 million music fans since it opened in London’s West End in 1989.

Writer/producer Alan Janes said: “Audiences aged eight to 80 dance in the aisles every night to our enactment of the story of a young man whose musical career spanned an all-too-brief period but whose music will be remembered forever”.

Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story plays at Cardiff’s New Theatre from Tuesday 4 to Saturday 8 July 2017, Tuesday – Friday at 7.30pm plus Wednesday & Thursday at 2.30pm and Saturday at 4pm & 8pm.  Tickets are from £10.50 – £33.00*. For further details and to book tickets visit or call the box office on (029) 2087 8889.

*Bookings are subject to a ticketing service charge (exemptions apply).


3,310 Buddy Trousers – due to knee slides across the stage!

98,000 Truck Mileage for UK Tours – nearly 4 times the circumference of the Earth

211,709 Plectrums used, which when stacked on top of each other would be around 300 ft. taller than the BT Tower

217,740 Batteries used, weighing 5,008kg or around the weight of 65 actors

6,893 UK only performances

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