Superstar to headline Ipswich musical

POP star Marti Pellow is to perform at Ipswich's regent it was announced today. The Wet Wet Wet singer will star as Daryl Van Horne in the Cameron Mackintosh musical The Witches of Eastwick from November 11 to 15.

NINETIES pop sensation Marti Pellow is to wow the crowds in Ipswich it was announced today.

The former Wet Wet Wet singer will star as Daryl Van Horne in the Cameron Mackintosh musical The Witches of Eastwick from November 11 to 15.

After being an idol to a generation of teenage girls he will now take centre stage as the devil like character summoned by three women with their magic powers who sets about trying to seduce them.

Hazel Clover, theatre manager, said: “Marti Pellow has been a star for many years and after leading Wet Wet Wet to a plethora of multi-platinum singles and albums, peaking with Love Is All Around's fifteen week stint at the top of the charts, he has gone on to a successful solo career as well as West End and Broadway seasons in the hit musical Chicago.

“This is a fantastic show and a brilliant addition to our autumn programme.”

The musical is based on the film of the same name starring Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer and Cher.

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The story written by John Updike, set in the fictional Rhode Island town of Eastwick, is based around the magical abilities and personal growth of the three women - the Witches ­- Alexandra Spofford, Jane Smart, and Sukie Rougemont.

Initially their power is minor, but expands to involve the summoning of a Van Horne.

The mysterious Daryl seduces each of the women in turn, teaching them how to further their powers and creating a scandal in the town.

The women come to realise that Darryl is corrupting them and the town, and resolve to exile him from their lives.

Ticket prices are from £7.50 to £23.50 and are available from the Regent box office on 01473 433100.

What would you like to see at the Regent? Which is your favourite musical? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send an e-mail to


Born Mark McLachlan on March 23 1965, he was the lead singer of the hugely successful band Wet Wet Wet, one of the great British groups of the 1980s and 90s.

They produced three number one singles - With a Little Help From My Friends, Goodnight Girl and Love Is All Around

He left the band in 1999 and was revealed to be suffering from a heroin addiction - a habit he managed to kick.

Pellow has since established himself as a successful solo artist - his debut solo album went straight into the top 10.

In 2001 he was given the keys to Memphis - an honour only ever given to the likes of Nelson Mandela and blues legend BB King.

He made his West End debut in the musical Chicago in 2002.

Wet Wet Wet reformed and played a 15 date tour of UK arenas in 2004.