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Dreamboats and Miniskirts at the Theatre Royal Windsor

Published by: Clare Brotherwood on 17th Mar 2015 | View all blogs by Clare Brotherwood

Shows such as this are a double-edged sword. While taking you back to your youth you are constantly reminded of the present day just by looking at the person next to you, if you know what I mean. We are all of an age.

Dreamboats and Miniskirts

But what great entertainment these shows deliver. There was no-one dancing in the aisles, as there often is, for the opening night at Windsor, but I could hardly contain myself as I tapped my feet and sang along to all the hits of the early sixties. Oh how I wish I could remember things today as well as the words of the songs I grew up with!

But the songs then really were special and, as in this instance, you really can create a story around them. I must say, I’m not the greatest fan of Dreamboats and Petticoats - I find it too cheesy – but because it is set a little later, I warmed to its sequel, Dreamboats and Miniskirts so much more.

The show takes up the story of Bobby and Laura who, in Dreamboats and Petticoats, win the Youth Club Association’s first national song writing competition.

Bobby is still gauche, and not overly confident, while Laura is streets ahead and becomes a sort of fictional Cilla Black.

We journey with them as their relationships and those of their friends develop, illustrated by songs such as I Only Want To Be With You, A Groovy Kind of Love, If You Gotta Make A Fool of Somebody, You Really Got A Hold On Me and Baby I’m Yours. In fact, there are 38 songs to get your teeth into and, as always in co-director (with Bill Kenwright) and musical supervisor Keith Strachan’s shows, the musicianship is second to none while the entire company produce a seamless, fast-moving show. I do find the Essex girls’ accents irritating but once those girls start singing it’s a whole different ball game, and I especially liked Louise Olley who, as Sue, really lit up the stage with her bright, vivacious performance. She really looked as if she was having a ball.

Written by heavyweights Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, I love the references to the sixties which are dotted about in the script: Thank Your Lucky Stars, Ready Steady Go!, Wimpy Bars, the Golden Egg, Radio Luxembourg, C&A and New Musical Express. It’s an uplifting trip down memory lane which sent me home with a spring in my step.

Dreamboats and Miniskirts is at the Theatre Royal Windsor until March 21.

Box Office: 01753 853888

The tour will then continue:

March 23-28: New Pavilion Theatre, Rhyl

March 30-April 4: Marina Theatre, Lowestoft

April 7-11: The Hawth Theatre, Crawley

April 13-18: Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon

April 20-25: Palace Theatre, Manchester

April 27-May 2: Victoria Theatre, Halifax

May 11-16: The Embassy Theatre, Skegness

July 13-18: The Grand Theatre, Leeds

July 21-15: The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

August 10-15: Kings Theatre, Glasgow



1 Comment

  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 3 years ago
    Thanks, Clare. This very successful series of shows seems to be a real winner!
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