Rachel Tucker to play fundraising concert for Bridge House Theatre

Wicked star Rachel Tucker will follow up her successful first solo tour of the UK with a special fundraiser in the gardens of her London venue Bridge House Theatre.

Rachel Tucker By Request on Sunday 9 July will feature the West End and Broadway favourite in a unique cabaret show which will elevate audience participation to a new level.

Every ticket holder will be given the chance to take part in special sealed auctions which will involve bidding in advance for three lots. The winning bidders on the first two lots will be able to suggest three songs for Tucker to perform on the night. The singer will then choose one of the three to learn and include in her set with a dedication. The winning bid on the third lot will result in one lucky fan joining Tucker on stage to perform a duet with the star.

Revealing details of the show, Tucker, who along with her husband (the show’s director Guy Retallack) serves as joint artistic director of the south London venue said: “I am honoured to bring this special show to our very own Bridge House. It marks the end of my first UK tour, and to do this unique fundraiser for our lovely theatre seems the perfect finish. I’m really excited to be able to offer the audience something really different. Crucially, it will really help us in further developing future productions!”

Tucker, who has played Wicked’s Elphaba longer than any other actress in the multi award-winning production’s history, returned to the UK last year after a triumphant nine-month Broadway run to join the show’s West End 10th anniversary cast. Her Bridge House homecoming follows on from her critically acclaimed UK tour and will feature her On The Road Band (musical director Kris Rawlinson, Dan Giles and Keir Adamson) and special guests.

Commenting on the fundraiser, Rob Harris, lead producer at the Bridge House, said: “It’s wonderful that we have such an amazing performer as Rachel as our joint artistic director. This show means so much to the theatre financially. We get no independent or Arts Council funding and survive from show to show. We have big plans for the venue and look forward to an amazing event.”

The Northern Irish singer first attracted national attention as a finalist on the BBC talent search for Nancy in Oliver!, I’d Do Anything. Although she lost out to Jodie Prenger, she won praise from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh and went on to perform at Lloyd Webber’s Birthday in the Park Show in London’s Hyde Park.

Tucker’s West End debut came after she was offered the role of Meat in We Will Rock You. In 2010, she stepped onto the stage for the first time as Elphaba in Wicked, a role she would eventually also play on Broadway from August 2015.

Angela Thomas



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