facebook play-alt chevron-thin-right chevron-thin-left cancel location info chevron-thin-down star-full help-with-circle calendar images mail whatsapp directions_car directions_bike train directions_walk directions_bus close spinner11

Killian Donnelly joins Memphis cast

First Published 4 April 2014, Last Updated 4 April 2014

Killian Donnelly will join Beverley Knight in the London premiere of Tony Award-winning musical Memphis when it opens at the Shaftesbury Theatre in October.

The Irish performer, who can currently be found entertaining audiences in The Commitments at the Palace Theatre, will take on the role of radio DJ Huey when the production begins its run on 9 October.

While his forthcoming co-star Knight has only recently brought her musical talent to the West End stage, playing Rachel Marron in Whitney Houston-inspired hit The Bodyguard, Donnelly has a string of musical theatre credits to his name. Prior to his current role in the stage adaptation of Roddy Doyle’s much-loved novel, the actor appeared in West End productions of Billy Elliot The Musical, The Phantom Of The Opera and Les Misérables.

A tale of fame and forbidden love, Memphis tells the story of a radio DJ (Donnelly) – inspired by real-life Memphis disc jockey Dewey Phillips – and his collaboration with singer Felicia (Knight). Together they embark on a journey to take her away from the segregated clubs of Tennessee and bring her music to the masses over the airwaves.

Featuring original songs written by David Bryan and Joe DiPietro, including The Music Of My Soul and Ain’t Nothin’ But A Kiss, the musical received the Tony Award for Best Musical following its Broadway premiere in 2009.

Memphis, which is currently booking until 28 March 2015, will open at the Shaftesbury Theatre following the West End transfer of The Pajama Game starring Joanna Riding and Michael Xavier, which plays from 2 May to 13 September.


Sign up

Related articles

Due to the current pandemic various venues and productions are making announcements for their individual shows. Please bear with us as we try to keep this page as up to date as possible. If you find a mistake, please let us know by emailing enquiries@soltukt.co.uk. If you click through to seat selection (where you'll see either best available or a seating plan), you will be seeing the most up-to-date prices. If this differs from what we've written on the calendar, please bear with us, as those prices will update soon.

We now sell our famous TKTS Booth discounts online here at Official London Theatre.

We are now cancelling all performances up until and including 31 May 2020 to help us process existing bookings whilst we wait for further clarity from the government in terms of when we will be able to reopen.

We are so sorry that in these testing and difficult times you are not able to enjoy the show you have booked for and hope the following helps clarify next steps in respect of your tickets .

There is nothing that you need to do if your performance has been cancelled, but we do ask for your patience.

If you have booked directly with the theatre or show website for an affected performance, please be assured that they will contact you directly to arrange an exchange for a later date, a credit note/voucher or a refund. If you have booked via a ticket agent they will also be in contact with you directly.

We are processing in strict date order of performance, so you are likely to be contacted after the date you were due to go to the theatre. However, we want to reassure you that you will be contacted, and your order will be processed, but please do bear with us.

We’d like to thank everyone who has been patient and kind in dealing with their ticket providers so far and we are sorry that we cannot process your order as quickly as we would like.

Please do not contact your credit card company as that will slow the process down and put an additional burden on our box office and ticket agent teams.

In order for us to serve our audiences the best we can, please do not get in touch with your point of sale if you have booked for performances after 31 May. Please be reassured that if we have to cancel future performances you will be directly contacted by your theatre or ticket provider. Our producers continue to plan for all eventualities dependent on the individual needs of their shows and we will provide further updates on specific shows as and when they become available.

We look forward to welcoming you back into our theatres as soon as we are allowed to resume performances. In the meantime stay safe and healthy.

While theatres are currently closed, various venues and productions are making announcements for their individual shows, including cancellations and rescheduled performances. Please check with the individual shows for details.