KENNY LYNCH makes a special guest appearance at the Kenton next week when he joins a musical night recreating the suave sophistication of the Rat Pack, writes Lesley Potter.
The Rat Pack Is Back is Britain’s longest-running tribute to the original trio of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr. The show has been to some fairly illustrious venues, including a Royal Command Performance, the Leicester Square Theatre and the 02 in London, and next Thursday it will be stopping off at the Kenton Theatre as part of its national tour.
Sammy Davis Jnr is played by Des Coleman, who played Lenny Wallace in EastEnders for four years and can now be seen regularly on TV as a reporter for BBC’s The One Show and ITV’s This Morning.
Meanwhile, Kenny Lynch, who has often been referred to as the British Sammy Davis Jnr, will make a guest appearance at the theatre, where he has been playing since the Sixties.
He said: “We always had such great times in Henley. The people are fantastic and never forget you. When I did a show there with Jimmy Tarbuck a few years ago people came backstage to remind me about the times I played there in the Sixties. It’s been quite a while since I have been back and I am really looking forward to it. I have told the Rat Pack guys that after the show I will take them to some of the bars I used to visit back then.”
Des Coleman said he is also looking forward to the evening.
He said: “It’s an honour to be working with Kenny and learning from him on this tour and we have a great time on the road together.”
Coleman graduated from the Guildford School of Acting and has appeared in many West End musicals including Miss Saigon, Chicago and Rent. He was nominated for best actor at the Los Angeles black film festival.
He is joined on stage by Paul Drakeley as Dean Martin and David Alacey as Frank Sinatra.
The show includes many of the hit songs made famous by the original trio, including The Lady Is A Tramp, My Way, Mr Bojangles and New York, New York.
lThe Rat Pack Is Back plays at the Kenton Theatre on Thursday, October 17 at 7.30pm. For tickets call (01491) 575698 or visit www.kentontheatre.co.uk