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Theatre to relive rock 'n roll heyday

PUBLISHED: 23:04 14 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:50 03 March 2010

TAKE three decades which produced some of the most hip and swinging music of all time, add four men with the appearance and vocal ability of some of the biggest stars of those years, put them together and the result is a spectacular musical show.

TAKE three decades which produced some of the most hip and swinging music of all time, add four men with the appearance and vocal ability of some of the biggest stars of those years, put them together and the result is a spectacular musical show.

Rockin' On Heaven's Door is a sensational journey back in time to the days when Elvis Presley was King and Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly and Eddie Cochran knew how to get the joint jumping and the jailhouse rocking.

And the four rock 'n roll stars of the 50s, 60s and 70s are set to come to life again in Felixstowe when the show takes to the stage at the Spa Pavilion Theatre on November 27.

Richard Atkins, dubbed The English Elvis when he first performed in America, emulates the King to a tee.

Marc Robinson assumes the role of Buddy Holly, complete with horned-rim glasses, a Fender Stratocaster guitar and well-tailored suits.

Taking to the stage as Roy Orbison is Johnny Curtiss whose efforts to recreate "the most sublime voice in pop music", as described by DJ John Peel, hit the spot. It was Johnny's rendition of Only the Lonely that first sparked the idea for an idea for an ultimate sound-alike tribute show and led to the creation of Rockin on Heaven's Door.

Completing the rock n roll line up is Rebel Dean as Eddie Cochran whose past recreations include Shakin' Stevens, Elvis Presley and Cliff Richard.

The four stars, in their recreation of rock n rollers past, are joined by a backing band that help drive the show toward a dazzling climax.

It is a performance guaranteed to get any audience off its seat and dancing for two hours of rip roaring entertainment and has enjoyed sell out shows across the country as people return time and time again to experience, bringing their friends back with them.

This is not just a musical, it is a trip back in history to the hey-day of rock n roll.

The Evening Star has three pairs of tickets and three CDs of the show to give away. To be in with a chance of getting hold of one of the prizes, answer the following question:

By what name was Elvis Presley also known?

Was it: a) The King b) The Prince or c) The Duke?

Send your answers, by November 23, to Rockin' On Heaven's Door, c/o Jo Macdonald, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN.

N Rockin' On Heaven's Door is at Felixstowe's Spa Pavilion at 8pm on November 27. Tickets cost £13.50 and are available at the theatre box office or by calling 01394 282126.

Weblink: www.rockinonheavensdoor.co.uk

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