Music was on the move, "the swing, the shake, the sex of it was coming through the airwaves".


And now The Glee Club is coming to Malvern Theatres, with its own vision of the Sixties, The Glee Club.

A spokesman said: "Star of Coronation Street and Emmerdale and respected stage actor Bill Ward will lead the cast. Fresh from playing Hugo / Loco Chanelle in the West End hit Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Ward will take on the role of Bant in this new production of Richard Cameron’s play to be directed by Out Of Joint’s artistic director, Kate Wasserberg.

"In the summer of ’62, five hard-working, hard-drinking Doncaster miners, together with their church organist accompanist, are frantically preparing to wow the audience of a local gala concert with their sweet tones. This is The Glee Club, a group of unlikely singers, who though being established in the working men’s clubs, aren’t exactly known for being at the vanguard of a musical revolution. But both Britain and music are about to change, and so too are the lives of these six men, will anything ever be the same again?"

The spokesman added: "Richard Cameron's raucous comedy about friendship and divided loyalty in a rough and rugged world, features the romantic songs of the 1950's performed live on stage.

"Bill Ward’s stage career includes Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Viva Forever, Million Dollar Quartet and Spamalot in The West End, Shakespeare In Love at the Bath Theatre Royal and on tour, Look Back in Anger at Northern Stage and The Lady From The Sea at The Royal Exchange. His television roles include Charlie Stubbs in Coronation Street and James Barton in Emmerdale."

Joining Bill Ward, will be Joshua Hayes as Walt Hemmings, Robert Jackson as Scobie, Linford Johnson as Colin Shuttleworth, Kai Owen as Jack Horsfall and Eamonn Riley as Phil Newsome.

Kate Wasserberg added: “Richard Cameron is one of our greatest living writers."

The Glee Club's run at Malvern will be from April 7 to April 11. Tickets: 01684 892277