Former Emmerdale Star Richard Shelton is Frank Sinatra at the Floral Pavilion

Following a sell-out run at the Jermyn Street Theatre in London’s West End with his solo show Sinatra: RAW, Richard Shelton brings a brand-new show to the UK this Spring.

Frank Sinatra: The Retirement Concert will play at the Floral Pavilion, New Brighton, on Thursday, 2 May.

In June 1971, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Hollywood, at the age of 55, Frank Sinatra announced he was retiring, bringing to an end his 36-year career in show business. His retirement concert was a milestone in music history and saw the passing of an icon and a golden era.

Wearing Sinatra’s personal tuxedo, the iconic concert is faithfully recreated by Richard Shelton, the world’s leading dramatic interpreter of Frank Sinatra and a former star of ITV’s Emmerdale, accompanied by the Syd Lawrence Orchestra, one of the most enduringly popular big bands of all time.

Relive the ‘lightning-in-a-bottle’ moments celebrating the greatest voice of the 20th century, in this note-for-note recreation of The Chairman of the Board’s retirement concert.

Including All or Nothing at All, That’s Life, and My Way – no other artist summed up their life by a song title so succinctly or made such sense of what it is just to be alive.

British actor and singer Richard Shelton has an acclaimed international career spanning theatre, music, TV and movies.

Acclaimed as ‘The world’s leading dramatic interpreter of Frank Sinatra’, he was nominated ‘Best Actor in a Leading Role’ for his portrayal of the icon in ‘Rat Pack Confidential’ (London, West End and Nottingham Playhouse) and has performed his critically acclaimed show ‘Sinatra: RAW’, wearing Sinatra’s personal tuxedo, on stages across the globe.

Founded in 1967 by trumpeter and arranger Syd Lawrence, The fabulous Syd Lawrence Orchestra has been thrilling audiences in Concert Halls, Theatres, TV Shows and Music Festivals all over Great Britain and Europe for over 50 years.

Renowned for its exciting blend of high-octane Big Band Swing and Classic Dance Music, the Orchestra, The Orchestra, directed since Syd’s retirement by Chris Dean, has a repertoire ranging from the wartime million sellers of the legendary Glenn Miller through the era of the great Count Basie Orchestra to the hit songs of Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald.

Count Basie himself described the Syd Lawrence Orchestra as “So good it should be BANNED!”

Frank Sinatra: The Retirement Concert will play at the Floral Pavilion, New Brighton, on Thursday, 2 May.

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