A new piece of music theatre exploring that legend- his life, music and legacy- ‘Josef Locke: A Grand Adventure', has opened at The Playhouse- to a rapturous sold out audience.
Two standing ovations and an encore sing along of the best Josef Locke classics made the World Premiere of the new piece by Felicity McCall a storming success.
‘Josef Locke: A Grand Adventure' premiered at the Artillery Street Theatre on Wednesday, and will run until Saturday October 4.
Directed by Kieran Griffiths, the play will explore his life, with music directed by Kristine Donnan.
Born in 1917 in Derry, Josef Locke sung as a child in local churches, added two years to his age to enlist in the Irish Guards at just 16, and gatecrashed an audition at Dublin's Gaiety Theatre (wearing his RUC uniform) in the 1940's.
Known as The Singing Bobby, Locke established himself as a star of Britain and Ireland's variety halls, becoming one of the highest paid and most popular singers of the 1940's and 50's.
Josef died in 1999, prompting the New York Times to write the headline "JOSEF LOCKE, 82, Irish Tenor Who Inspired Tears, Is Dead."
Esteemed singer Karl McGuckin will join local musicians for an affectionate look at Locke's life, music... and his tax affairs.
"This new piece by Felicity McCall is a warm and very affectionate exploration of Locke's life and music, and I ahve to say we were totally overwhelmed by the audience response to the opening night!!"
Josef Locke: A Grand Adventure' will be presented by The Playhouse until Saturday 4 October. Tickets are £15/ £12 and are available from The Playhouse on (028)71268027 or online here.