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Hop on board - Summer Holiday is back

The cast of Summer Holiday which comes to Blackpool Opera House
The cast of Summer Holiday which comes to Blackpool Opera House
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Ding ding, the iconic Summer Holiday red double-decker bus is stopping off in Blackpool from Tuesday.

It’s 10 years since the show spent a four-month summer season at the Opera House, starring Darren Day, in the stage version of the 1963 film.

Sophie Matthew and Ray Quinn in Summer Holiday

Sophie Matthew and Ray Quinn in Summer Holiday

And next week, reality TV and stage star Ray Quinn steps into the famous shoes of Cliff Richard to play the lead role.

The film starred Cliff and The Shadows, and the show includes all of the number one hits from the movie, plus some additional Cliff Richard classics.

Summer Holiday tells the story of Don and his fellow London Transport mechanics as they journey in a red double-decker bus through Paris, the Alps, Italy and Greece.

This hit-filled musical features some of 60s’ biggest songs: In the Country, Summer Holiday, Travellin’ Light, Bachelor Boy, Move It, Living Doll, The Young Ones and On the Beach.

Ray, who was a regular in former Channel 4 soap Brookside, shot to fame as the runner-up in ITV1’s The X Factor in 2006 and has gone on to win ITV’s Dancing On Ice in 2009 - as well as the Champion Of Champions series in 2014.

His debut album, off the back of The X Factor topped the charts. But more recently he’s enjoyed success in musical theatre roles, including Danny Zuko in Grease, Dirty Dancing , Legally Blonde and most recently The Wedding Singer.