That'll Be the Day (musical)

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That'll Be the Day (abbreviated as TBTD) is a touring rock ’n’ roll show playing theatres and concert halls throughout the United Kingdom and Great Britain. That’ll Be The Day was first performed in 1986 and became the longest running 'one-night' touring show in the United Kingdom.[1] The show, which currently comprises five vocalists and five musicians, is rewritten annually to incorporate new and used material. Since its creation, That’ll Be The Day has been written, directed and produced by Trevor Payne, who performs in the show.


During in its initial years, That’ll Be the Day was a seasonal production performed during the spring and autumn months. In 1988, the show became a weekly attraction at Butlins holiday resort in Minehead, Somerset. The following year, the show's regular dates in Minehead were supported with additional performances throughout the South of England, including Butlins in Bognor Regis and the Portsmouth Pyramids Centre in Southsea. Later in 1989, the first Christmas edition of That'll Be The Day was performed.

Playing chiefly at holiday resorts and clubs, That’ll Be the Day enjoyed increasing popularity during the early 1990s and became an all-year-round production. In 1994, the show made its theatre debut, performing at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury. Shortly afterwards, further interest from theatres culminated in performances at the Princess Theatre, Torquay, the Pavilion Theatre, Ilfracombe, and the Bristol Hippodrome.

In 1995, That'll Be the Day became firmly established as a theatre show, playing at venues nationwide (including the first of three appearances at The London Palladium). However, the show's adaptability ensured that theatre dates could still be supplemented with corporate work: following interest from international promoters, the show also played dates in Wales and Scotland during the mid-1990s.

Subsequent to the recruitment in 1995 of West End-based promoter, Derek Block, the latter half of the 1990s saw That'll Be the Day playing increasingly larger theatres and concert halls, as well as the smaller venues in which its reputation had been built. In 1997, the south coast resort of Bournemouth became the principal location for That’ll Be The Day’s summer seasons, the show being performed across eight weeks at the Pavilion Theatre.

In 2002, a venue change saw the production’s summer season successfully moved from Bournemouth’s Pavilion Theatre to the 3000 seat Windsor Hall in the Bournemouth International Centre. Bournemouth remains the location for That’ll Be the Day’s summer seasons, with forthcoming performances at the Pavilion Theatre taking place between 31 August and 17 September 2012.[2]

21st Century[edit]

The first decade of the 21st century has seen That’ll Be the Day continue to perform in excess of 210 shows a year throughout the United Kingdom and Europe, including three tours of Denmark (in 2003, 2007 and 2008) and a week-long residency at a theatre in Munster, Germany (in 2005).

2016 saw the show celebrate their 30th anniversary with a special gala performance at the world famous London Palladium. The show played to a capacity house of loyal fans, friends and family securing their place as one of the UK’s most successful touring shows.

The show has no intentions of slowing down their mammoth schedule and 2018 will see the release of a charity single recorded at Abbey Road Studios for the Make-A-Wish foundation for which the show has already raised well over £250,000 in 3 years.

Current Members[edit]

Trevor Payne (Director, Producer, Vocals), Gary Anderson (Vocals), Peter John Jackson (Vocals/Guitar/Bass), Jane Watkins (Vocals), Nikki Renee Hechavarria (Vocals), Mark Street (Drums/Vocals), Phil Hollender (Keyboards/Vocoder), Clive Fishlock (Keys/Guitar/Sax/Vocals), Ollie Gray (Guitar/Vocals/Drums), Jarrod Loughlin (Bass/Vocals/Guitar/Piano)

Touring Crew:

Mike Stevens (Lighting Design & Operator), Ash Lawson (FOH Sound), Ash Chappell (Monitors), Steve Jackman (Truck Driver) Danny Young (Truck Driver) Morgan Beecher (Stage Tech)


  1. ^ TC Productions' That'll Be the Day, 2008, Souvenir Programme, 2008/9 UK Tour.
  2. ^ BIC & Bournemouth Pavilion, That'll Be The Day. Available at: Accessed 10th Sept 2011.

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