Press Quotes

Olivier Award winning star of Hairspray TRACIE BENNETT returns to the West End Stage as Judy Garland in Peter Quilter’s END OF THE RAINBOW. Read what the press had to say here:

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‘A star is born’
Libby Purves, The Times

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‘One of the GREATEST MUSICAL PERFORMANCES I have ever witnessed.’
Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph
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‘An incredible performance… Bennett is phenomenal. Someone give that woman an award’
Julie Carpenter, Daily Express

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‘Bennett is stunning to watch; a star playing a star’
Independent
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‘A break-out performance by Bennett… brought back to utterly convincing stage life in Peter Quilter’s moving, miraculous new play End of the Rainbow’
Mark Shenton, Sunday Express
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‘Ms Bennett’s Judy sings, struts and frets so much like Garland it’s uncanny’
Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail

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‘Tracie Bennett’s phenomenal performance captures the glorious troubled spirit and sound of Garland with breathtaking brilliance’
Georgina Brown, Mail on Sunday

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“Garland is brought vividly to life by Tracie Bennett – raw, emotional and astonishingly energetic. It’s much more than a skilful impersonation; it feels as if she has assimilated the essence of Garland’s personality. Essential viewing for Judy Garland fans… Bennett is superb”
Evening Standard
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‘Tracie Bennett delivers with emotional intensity and vocal bravura.’
Guardian
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‘Tracie Bennett’s star turn as Judy Garland will be talked about for years to come.’
Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph

‘Peter Quilter’s beautiful script’
Libby Purves, The Times

‘Terry Johnson’s BRILLIANT, COMPELLING PRODUCTION’
Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph

‘DAZZLING and UNFORGETTABLE’
Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph

‘Tracie Bennett gives a great performance as Garland. Bennett is by turns exuberant, fiery, insecure, terrified, incoherent, shattered and needy.’
Ian Shuttleworth, Financial Times

‘Quilter’s writing melds the drama of Garland’s life with genuinely touching and comic moments.’
Daily Express

‘A bravura performance from Tracie Bennett, who captures every gestural and vocal mannerism’
Robert Shore, Metro

‘You must see it. Tracie Bennett gives the performance of her life’
Rachel Cooke, Observer

‘Give her the Olivier now. Best new production I’ve seen this year. She is totally captivating and convincing as Judy. Stage performance of the year.’
Paul Phear, Magic FM

Blogger Reviews

‘An amazing performance…’
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‘Featuring a stellar performance from Tracie Bennett’
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‘Tracie Bennett, whose central performance doesn’t miss a beat from comedy to tragedy to belting out the famous tunes…’
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