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Hollywood Comes To Hillingdon

Added: (Mon Aug 27 2001)

Pressbox (Press Release) - Odd Sock brings local community together to launch new musical about Hollywood legend, featuring the first “Oliver” from original West End production in a show financially assisted by Awards For All.

Odd Sock Productions is proud to present an exciting new musical called Archie, where the plot revolves around the early life of one of Hollywood’s best known and loved film stars. This is a remarkable story about a talented man, which not only charts his rise to stardom, but also explores human frailty and family relationships. Interspersed with emotive music, this thought-provoking show will appeal to people of all ages.

Archie has fascinated the author, Robert Barham, for nearly four years and taken him on an extraordinary journey; the climax being a trip to Paramount Studios and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, California. It has even enticed the first “Oliver” from the original West End production to return to the stage after nearly 40 years. Captivated by Robert’s excitement and energy for this story, he has thrown himself into all aspects of the production, his enthusiasm infecting the whole company.

Odd Sock Productions recently received a grant for Archie from the National Lottery’s Awards for All programme. Director Mo Home said: “We have worked very hard to get this production off the page and on to the stage. We believe that the process of putting on a show is an excellent way to encourage new talent and develop people’s creativity in a fun environment. We are thrilled with this award and it will enable us to produce a great show which can be enjoyed by all members of the community.”

Do events before we are born determine our lives, or are we in complete control of our own destiny…something to bear in mind when you step back to the turn of the twentieth century and witness the humble beginnings of a Hollywood icon in Bristol. Watch as his childhood, overshadowed by the past, twists and turns in the way that only true life can. See how his passion for the theatre emerges and eventually provides an escape route from a lonely, isolated existence during war-torn Britain. Follow him to America where he works the vaudeville circuit before heading for Hollywood. Share his success on the silver screen and as his popularity soars, so too do women’s hearts as they yearn for their leading man. This sophisticated, debonair actor, one of Hollywood’s “darlings” appears to have it all…but fame and fortune protect no man from his innermost feelings and the past is a tough opponent to overcome…

Archie, written by Robert Barham and directed by Mo Home will be performed at the Compass Theatre, Glebe Avenue, Ickenham, Middlesex UB10 8PD from Tuesday 18th to Saturday 22nd September 2001 at 7.45pm nightly (Saturday matinee at 3.00pm). For tickets (Adults 8/Concessions 6) contact the Odd Sock Box Office on 07960 032113. For credit card bookings contact the Compass Box Office on 01895 673200.

Here are three clues to Archie’s identity...
Ian Fleming had this actor in mind for the first James Bond
He turned down the leading role in My Fair Lady
He gave Mae West the opening for her most famous line
...know who he is yet? if not, come along and see the show!

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