Beverley Knight To Play Special 50th Birthday Concert in London
Queen of British Soul Beverley Knight has been one of the UK’s most consistent artists for almost 3 decades. 2023 sees her hit a milestone birthday, while undoubtedly being at the top of her game and ready to celebrate her remarkable career with this special one-off show.
Currently starring to huge acclaim as Emmeline Pankhurst in the Old Vic’s hip-hop musical SYLVIA, and on screen every Saturday night as a panel judge in ITV’s talent series Starstruck, this special birthday show sees Beverley re-group with her full band to get the party started at London’s Lafayette on 23 March for an exclusive birthday show, including friends & fans.
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“I have completed my 50th year around the sun and I am in the mood to celebrate! I am so grateful to be here, still singing and performing to both music and theatre audiences everywhere. Thank you for the love and support you have shown me. So damn excited about this special show!”
2023 is also set to be a landmark year for Beverley, as she’s currently working on new material for her first studio album in seven years. She’s had several Top 10 albums, including the platinum selling Voice: The Best Of Beverley Knight and sold over a million albums in the UK, including four gold certified albums. Her most recent studio album Soulsville (released 2016) went straight into the UK Top 10, whilst her celebration of 25 years in music for BK25: Beverley Knight with The Leo Green Orchestra at The Royal Festival Hall was testament to her career of hits.
In recent years, Wolverhampton born Knight has forged a formidable parallel career in theatre. Her West End debut was the starring role in The Bodyguard followed by leading the Tony winning Memphis The Musical. At the request of Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber she joined the cast of Cats, playing the iconic role of Grizabella. 2021 saw Beverley lead The Drifters Girl at the Garrick Theatre (Olivier nominated Best New Musical, and Beverley for best actress) as the formidable manager of soul group The Drifters. Following a sold-out summer playing Deloris Van Cater opposite Jennifer Saunders in the revival of Sister Act, Beverley was delighted to return to London’s iconic Old Vic in a new production of Sylvia, currently playing the role of Emmeline Pankhurst to huge acclaim.
Beverley’s broadcasting work beyond current hit show Starstruck, include presenting 4 series of Radio 2 show ‘Beverley’s Gospel Nights’ and two series of the BBC1 show Just the Two of Us. She recently appeared in the all-star cast of Amazon’s new live action movie Cinderella (2021) with Camilla Cabello in the title role.
Her outstanding live performances have gained her a legion of famous fans over the years from David Bowie to Stevie Wonder, she has collaborated on stage and on record with the likes of Prince, Jamiroquai, Bocelli, Take That, Chaka Kahn, Joss Stone & Marvin Gaye.
A British treasure, Beverley was awarded an MBE in 2007 for services to British music and charity, has won three MOBO Awards, been nominated for Best Female at the Brit Awards 3 times, Best Actress at the Oliver Awards twice, and Best Female at the prestigious Mercury Music Prize.
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