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New musical about Tom Jones’ rise to stardom comes to Rhyl Pavilion

The cast of Tom - A Story of Tom Jones which comes to the Rhyl Pavilion on March 19

A new musical which explores the rise to stardom of legendary Welsh singer Tom Jones is coming to the Pavilion Theatre in Rhyl from March 19-22.

Neath-based theatre company Theatr na nÓg is staging Tom: A Story of Tom Jones.

This production embarked on its UK tour on St David’s Day in Tom’s home-town of Pontypridd at the Muni Arts Centre, 49 years to the day that he had his first number one hit.

The show will celebrate Tom’s early career and hard graft in the lead up to his rise to success and the hit number one single, It’s Not Unusual.

Theatr na nÓg will reveal a story of the early years of Sir Tom Jones's life accompanied by rock and roll music of the time, performed live on stage.

It is a fascinating story of the Welsh legend and Valleys boy with an extraordinary talent, a man who has been through many makeovers during his time at the top of the charts.

We’ve seen his hip swivelling and pelvis thrusting moves. We’ve seen him collaborate with some of Wales’ and the world’s most successful artists. We’ve seen his cool, stylish demeanour on The Voice.

But what was Tom like in the 60s at the start of his glittering career?

Known then as Tommy Woodward from Treforest, Tom will offer you a glimpse into his early career in the Valleys.

Born Thomas John Woodward, on June 7, 1940 in Treforest, the Welsh singer known worldwide for his singing talents and for selling more than 100 million records, was awarded an OBE in 1999 and knighted by the Queen in 2006.

Everyone has heard of him, but how many of us know of his past life before he rose to fame? 

Writer Mike James, a prolific writer of theatre and television is looking forward to seeing his work on stage.

“I first got the idea for this show curiously enough when listening to the great man talking on the Desert Island Discs.

“Here was a perfectly down to earth valleys boy talking about life in Wales much as I remember it myself.

“And yet he became one of the world’s greatest superstars! I wanted to know just exactly how that came about

“What I discovered was a fascinating story of gritty determination, hardship and incredible good fortune that finally set Tom on his way to fame and glory. It was a tale worth telling - as I hope all who see this production will agree!’

Theatr na nÓg's artistic director Geinor Styles is delighted to be directing this theatre piece that sees the audience being given the opportunity to delve into the history of Tom.

Geinor said: “With a live band on stage, the production is infectious, emotional and gritty.

“It tells the story of the blossoming talent of Tom Jones who sings in pubs and clubs up and down the South Wales valleys, his hard graft and tenacity to succeed until his big break in 1965.

“Mike James of Ebbw Vale gave us the English language script in 2012. It was a complete script and it's so obvious that Mike is very enthusiastic and passionate about it.

“In 2012, we presented a workshop version and the response was incredible. A year on, we are delighted to be given the opportunity to share this inspirational tale.”

Tickets from £17. Call 01745 330000 or visit  www.rhylpavilion.co.uk.

 

 

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