One-Man Star Wars TrilogyPosted on: 10 June 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves
The dynamic theatre show returns to the UK for a final tour.
In a recent survey, Sky Movies discovered that the Star Wars Trilogy was the most watched film by all male respondents and the second most watched film by the female respondents, with 50 per cent of all participants claiming that they had watched the films more than twenty times. Canadian actor Charles Ross has seen it far more often.
Star Wars was continually running in the background while Ross was growing up in the wilds of Victoria, Canada, and the result is his hilarious show, One-Man Star Wars Trilogy, in which he single-handedly plays all the characters, sings the music, flies the spaceships, fights the battles and condenses the plots into just sixty minutes.
Since its debut in Toronto, in January 2001, One-Man Star Wars Trilogy, written by Ross and directed by TJ Dawe, has toured Canada and the USA, including an off-Broadway run, to huge acclaim. Charles has appeared on a number of prestigious American TV shows, including The Today Show and Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and Star Wars creator LucasFilms loved the show so much, they hired him to promote Star Wars: Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith and to perform at the official Star Wars Conventions Celebration III and Celebration IV in Los Angeles.
After crossing the Atlantic in 2006, One-Man Star Wars Trilogy became the talk of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it sold out every performance of its run - an incredible result led to the organisers inviting the show to return in 2007. Since making his UK debut, Ross has performed in the mud of Glastonbury Festival, enjoyed a West End run at London's Garrick Theatre, guested at the massive Star Wars 30th Anniversary Celebration Europe at London's ExCel Centre and appeared in numerous theatres up and down the country. He has also been on Christian O'Connell's Breakfast Show on Virgin Radio and even performed an early morning extract to the bemused presenters of BBC Radio 4's Today programme.
Following his recent three month tour of Australasia, Charles is bringing the One-Man Star Wars Trilogy back to the UK one final time in July before moving on to a new project, so this could be your last chance to catch his affectionate and very funny tribute to the films that have become a part of so many people's lives. Whether you're a committed fan or simply want to enjoy a fast-paced, side-splitting evening that's out of this world, make sure you don't miss this show.
One-Man Star Wars Trilogy UK Tour 2008
4 & 5 Norwich Playhouse Theatre 01603 598 598
6 Aberdeen The Music Hall 01224 641122
7 Hull New Theatre 01482 226655
8 Colchester Mercury Theatre 01206 573948
9 & 10 Jersey Opera House 01534 511115
11 Salford The Lowry 0870 787 5790
12 Tewkesbury Roses Theatre 01684 295074
13 High Wycombe Swan Theatre 01494 512 000
14 South Shields The Customs House 0191 454 1234
15 Stockton On Tees Arc 01642 525199
16 Hayes Beck Theatre 020 8561 8371
17 Belfast Waterfront 028 9033 4455
18 Crawley The Hawth 01293 553636
19 Lichfield Garrick 01543 412121
20 Kingston Rose Theatre 0871 230 1552
21 Swansea Grand Theatre 01792 475715
23 Southend Cliffs Pavilion 01702 351135
24 Swindon Wyvern 01793 524481
25 Torquay Princess Theatre 0844 847 2315
27 Blackpool Grand Theatre 01253 290190
29 Buxton Opera House 0845 127 2190
30 Nottingham Royal Concert Hall 0115 989 5555
31 Stevenage Gordon Craig Theatre 08700 131 030
Charles Ross' website: www.onemanstarwars.com
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