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Beige Recommends: The Billie Holiday Story

Nina Kristofferson's Billie Holiday Story. Photograph by Keith Pattinson

Blues icon Billie Holiday is to be celebrated in a new show at The Charing Cross Theatre from 1 April.

The Billie Holiday Story is a brilliant cocktail of songs and stories from Billie Holiday’s life woven through the haunting memories that plagued her, featuring her greatest hits: God Bless The Child, Lover Man, Strange Fruit, Don’t Explain, All of me and many more.

The one woman show features actress, singer and writer Nina Kristofferson.

This London engagement follows a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival in 2011, and a tour of the UK in 2012, which attracted critical and public acclaim.

Kristofferson said, “Billie’s unusual timbre tells a story like no other jazz singer. Her phrasing and timing is heartfelt as she takes you on a journey which encapsulates her many influences including prostitution, the cops, doing time and the effects drugs had on her life. Her relationship with men, her work, the abuse she suffered by those who took advantage of her. What drove her and finally killed her.”

Nina Kristofferson has won critical acclaim as an accomplished singer of many styles encompassing Jazz & Blues to Opera. Nina’s extensive theatre and TV credits include playing Billie Holiday in “I Cover the Waterfront – The Spirit of Billie Holiday” (Nottingham), Medea in “Medea” (Northern Broadsides UK tour), Bess in “Porgy & Bess” (USA), Cleopatra in “Anthony & Cleopatra” (Birmingham), Liz Imbrie “In High Society” (Regent’s Park & West End) and Paula Symons in “Doctors” for the BBC.

The Charing Cross Theatre

Monday to Saturday @ 7:30pm from 1 April. Strictly limited 8 week season.

Tickets: £35.00 – £12.50

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