Dreamboats and Petticoats

Dreamboats and Pettiocats reviewDreamboats and Petticoats is a new musical that was first seen at The Savoy Theatre from July-October 2009. After a run at the Playhouse Theatre, it moved to Wyndham’s Theatre for a limited run before closing in early 2013. Be sure to read our Dreamboats and Petticoats review below.

Set in 1961 and based on the million-selling album of the same name, Dreamboats and Petticoats tells the story of young musicians Bobby and Norman who compete with each other to win fame in a song writing competition, as well as the eyes of girls, Laura and Sue. Bobby soon discovers that Laura has musical talent of her own, and love and rock ‘n’ roll fame awaits them. Written by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran who wrote of Birds of a Feather and Goodnight Sweetheart, Dreamboats and Petticoats features classic songs from Chuck Berry, Roy Orbison, The Shadows and many, many more in this feel-good new musical.

Critics Reviews

“Scott Bruton splendidly captures the doubts and humiliations of adolescence as Bobby, while putting over Roy Orbison’s wonderful In Dreams with heartfelt, soaring-voiced sincerity. Ben Freeman is hilarious as the oafishly self-confident Norman, and there is touching work from Daisy Wood-Davis as Laura, lamenting just how hard it is to be a teenager in love. Ah yes, I remember it well…and this lovely show brings the memories flooding back.”

Charles Spencer at the Daily Telegraph


“It’s not Oscar Wilde, I admit, but people of a certain age will smile ruefully at the invocation of a bygone age edging from rationing and austerity into the possibility of chocolate treats and electric guitars. Dreamboats is a nostalgia feast aimed at an audience that listens to Brian Matthew’s Sounds of the Sixties on Radio 2 and remembers daring to go and see Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho at the local Gaumont.”

Michael Coveney at the Independent.


“The whole thing is pacy, as shallow as a paddling pool, and innocent fun  –  particularly for those who lived through the songs first time round.”

Quentin Letts at The Daily Mail.

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5 thoughts on “Dreamboats and Petticoats

  1. chris reid

    Lively feel good show, fun and colourful. Everyone knows the songs and if you wore the fashions and listened to the songs first time round you will love it. I went with my daughter who is in her twenties and we both enjoyed this show.

  2. marian

    Went to see last night. A bit dubious with Des O’Connor, but very, very pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed every bit of it, from beginning to end. A fantastic show and I would happily go and see it again.

  3. Steve

    Absolutely brilliant show! My Wife and I went to see this last night and honestly it just blew us away. The musical arrangements, the singing, the acting just everything was perfect. We could not have asked for a more enjoyable evening. People of all ages will just love Dreamboats and Petticoats. Nice to see Des O’Connor’s still got it too bless him! We came down from up north just for the one night to see this show and it was worh every penny. I urge you to go see it…you’ll love it!!!

  4. rita allott

    just been to see dreamcoats at playhouse it is fabulous uplifting we were up dancing i go again we were on wk end trip to london 14 of us brill all cast excellant music brilliant musicans fab

  5. Jim

    Went to see it 2 years ago loved it.  Saw it again twice in July 2012, Would love to see it again.  Hope it comes out to New Zealand i’m sure it would be a hit     Jim


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