Dusty News

Dusty Day tickets on sale

Tickets for Dusty Day 2018 are for sale now!! BOOK HERE

Sunday April 15, 2018

at West 5, Ealing

£15 each

Definitely Dusty on TV this Friday

BBC four is showing the 1999 documentary Definitely Dusty on Friday at 23:00

Dusty at the BBC is shown on Saturday


New web address from Simon Bell

Simon Bell’s ‘.com’ has changed to www.simonbell.xyz

New cast member added to Son of A Preacher Man musical


Coronation Street and Eastenders star Ian Reddington joins Diana Vickers and Debra Stephenson in the Son Of A Preacher Man UK tour when it premieres in September at the Churchill Theatre Bromley.

Reddington will originate the role of Simon in the new musical which features the music of Dusty with a book by Warner Brown with direction and choreography by Craig Revel Horwood.

Reddington is best known for playing Tricky Dicky in EastEnders and Vernon in Coronation Street and has appeared in other television series including Dr Who, Shameless, Benidorm, Inspector Morse and stage productions including the UK tours of Bouncers, Dead Funny and Oh What A Lovely War and in productions with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Son Of A Preacher Man has set and costume designs by Morgan Large, lighting design by Richard G Jones, sound design by Richard Brooker, and musical supervision and arrangements by Paul Herbert.

Dusty Day 2017

Dusty Day 2017 took place on April 23rd, and raised a total of £4,700 for the Royal Marsdem Hospital.

see HERE

2 Dusty shows on the way


2 shows are coming featuring Dusty’s music. Son Of a Precher Man opens on September 4th at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley and then tours the country. The story is not about Dusty herself, but features her songs. Craig Revel Horwood directs & choreographs.

The other show, Dusty, based on Vicki Wickham’s book, written by Jonathan Harvey & directed by Maria Friedman is expected to open next year. Vicki tells me that some of the characters are composites, which often happens with biographical stories on stage. They seldom have the budget to feature everyone, so some poetic licence is taken with the characters, and some of the story. 

Details to follow.

Dusty radio play takes to stage in Glasgow


The BBC radio play, Dusty Won’t Play, by the late Annie Caulfield is being presented on stage in Glasgow this week. The lunchtime shows are at Òran Mór, Monday to Saturday at 13:00. Book HERE 

Cast: Simon Donaldson, Kevin Lennon and Frances Thorburn. 

It’s 1964 and Dusty Springfield is at the height of her fame, scoring hits in the UK, US and around the world. On a tour of South Africa she refuses to play to segregated audiences and finds herself demonised and threatened by South Africa’s security police and jeered at back home in England for her naivety.

Shot through with Dusty’s timeless music, leavened with her earthy humour and straight talking, Dusty Won’t Play is a reminder of the tangled paranoia of apartheid and the true story of Dusty Springfield’s refusal to play segregated audiences in South Africa. She didn’t change the world but she did something.

Dusty Day 2017


Dusty Day 2017 will be on Sunday April 23, 2017.

Tickets are not yet on sale, but will be announced soon

More releases to come!

September 23 is release date of a 3 CD box set - A Little Piece Of my Heart - from Spectrum. No info on track listings so far.

Link to AMAZON

I am expecting news of another release soon. Watch this space.

promotional ad for Special edition Reputation

Cherry Red have released a promotional video for the special edition Reputation, out on Aug 26.

Video below

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