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Forever Plaid

1 to 27 Jun 2021

Upstairs at the Gatehouse

There were these four guys, Frankie, Sparky, Jinx and Smudge who loved to sing. They all met in high school around 1956 ...
Forever Plaid at the Upstairs at the Gatehouse

Image courtesy Upstairs at the Gatehouse

Show details


When most of us think of the 1950s, we think of Rock 'n' Roll, Hot Rods, Elvis, D.A. haircuts and teenage rebellion.

But there was a 'flipside' to this era - the side of harmony, innocence and the sincerity of dreams -when American families gathered in front of the TV to watch their favourite programmes, like Ed Sullivan or the Perry Como Show.

It was a period when vocal groups harmonised their way across the airwaves and jukeboxes of the USA.

This is the story of such a group FOREVER PLAID

There were these four guys, Frankie, Sparky, Jinx and Smudge who loved to sing.

They all met in high school around 1956.

Discovering they shared an affection for music and entertaining, they got together and dreamed of becoming like their idols - The Four Aces, The Four Freshmen and The Crew Cuts - although Rock 'n' Roll was racing down the fast lane like a candy-apple Corvette, they believed in their kind of music.

Finally on 9th February 1964 they landed their first big gig - the Airport Hilton Cocktail Bar.

On this day our story begins.

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Postal address:
Highgate Village
London N6 4BD

Box office tel: 020 8340 3488

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Previews from:Tuesday 1 June 2021

Closes:Sunday 27 June 2021

Performance days & times


Tuesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm

Friday ‑ 7‑30pm

Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm

(No Performances Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve)

Sunday - 4-00pm

Running time: 1 hr 20 mins (approx)




Saturdays and Sundays - £24



Saturdays and Sundays - £22

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Author: Stuart Ross
Director: John Plews
Musical direction: Ian Oakley
Choreography: Racky Plews
Lighting: Aaron Dootson
Sound: Toby Burrow
Production: Katie Plews for Ovation


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