Part Theatre Show, Part Live Gig, Teddy Will Have You Dancing In Your Seat

Teddy, Waterloo Vaults ★★★★☆

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Part Theatre Show, Part Live Gig, Teddy Will Have You Dancing In Your Seat Teddy, Waterloo Vaults 4
Photo: Ben Broomfield

1950s rock and doo wop fans, you’re in for a treat. An Elvis Presley look-alike going by the name Johnny Valentine, and his bandmates The Broken Hearts, feverishly strum out takes on classics such as ‘Shake, Rattle ‘N Rail’ while lead characters Teddy and Josie prance around them with swift-talking banter.

It’s Elephant and Castle, 1956 — a time when London was deep in the throws of post war-austerity. But like any time of regrowth, a vibrancy is felt both through music and romance, something Teddy and Josie unexpectedly find with each other one night out. When they hear their superstar idol (Valentine) is playing at elusive underground club The Trocadero, the two decide to do whatever it takes to partake in the gig.

Photo: Ben Broomfield

It’s not an intricate plot, but it is certainly an entertaining ride that follows the two characters’ adventures one Saturday night. Played out like a live gig, audiences sit among fairy lights and unbeknownst to them, a stage that transitions into a bar and dance floor when the production ends. Our show saw nearly everyone take to the stage and get their party hats on with real-life band Johnny Valentine and The Broken Hearts. From the writer-director team behind Boudica at the Globe and Frankenstein at Wilton’s Music Hall, this punchy musical is worth a trip into Waterloo’s graffiti-laden, funk-tastic Vaults.

Teddy, Waterloo Vaults, Leake Street,  SE1 7NN. Tickets £12-£35, until 2 June 2018.

Last Updated 14 May 2018