Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company presents

My Judy Garland Life

By Susie Boyt. Adapted by Amanda Whittington.

Friday 31 January - Saturday 15 February

Theatre - Tickets: £7.50 - £27.50

Guideline age suitability 12+ - Running time 2h10 (this includes a 20 minute interval).


The Guardian

The Sunday Express

The Observer

theatreCat Libby Purves Reviews

Read Amanda Whittington’s interview in The Guardian

For anyone who’s ever wished upon a star…

Every generation has its heroes; from the screaming crowds who greeted Elvis Presley and The Beatles, to the millions who follow Justin Bieber and One Direction on Twitter today.

This touching and uplifting new play by acclaimed writer Amanda Whittington takes you through the joy and heartache of hero worship.

Adapted from the autobiographical memoir, My Judy Garland Life by Susie Boyt, it tells the story of growing up under the spell of Judy Garland. Featuring Garland’s best-loved songs alongside key moments in Susie and Judy’s lives, this is an original take on the relationship between a fan and a star.

Enthralled as a child by the passion and pain of Garland’s voice, Susie grows up dreaming of all things Judy. The troubled star becomes someone she can confide in, care for and be consoled by. Judy’s heart-stopping blend of joy and anguish helps Susie with her own troubles and will ultimately bring her through the darkest days of her life.

Groups 8+ receive 20% off

Pre-theatre meal for two + tickets from £50. Ask the Box Office for more details.

External links relating to My Judy Garland Life
Susie explains how My Judy Garland Life came to be
Susie Boyt Autobiography
Susie Boyt on Wikipedia
International Judy Garland Club

After the publication of My Judy Garland Life, Susie received many letters from fans who have their own stories of hero worship and from people who experienced profound fellow feeling reading the book. One correspondent even read the book to a loved one in a coma and that loved one woke up! If you have your own story of hero worship that you would like to share, please use the comments box below.


Judy Garland Sally Ann Triplett
Susie Boyt Faye Elvin
Mr S (Piano) Stefan Bednarczyk
Mr L (Double Bass) William Oxborrow
Mr T (Drums) Delroy Brown

Creative Team

Director Kath Rogers
Designer Tom Rogers
Musical Director Stefan Bednarczyk
Lighting Designer Mike Gunning
Sound Designer Drew Baumohl
Choreographer Adele Parry



Dates & Times

My Judy Garland Life - Fri 31 Jan 7:45pm Fri 31 Jan Theatre 7:45pm Hot Night £7.50 - £11
My Judy Garland Life - Sat 1 Feb 7:45pm Sat 1 Feb Theatre 7:45pm Hot Night £7.50 - £11
My Judy Garland Life - Mon 3 Feb 7:45pm Mon 3 Feb Theatre 7:45pm Hot Night £7.50 - £11
My Judy Garland Life - Tue 4 Feb 7:45pm Tue 4 Feb Theatre 7:45pm Press Night £8.50 - £25.50
My Judy Garland Life - Wed 5 Feb 7:45pm Wed 5 Feb Theatre 7:45pm Post Show Talk £8.50 - £25.50
My Judy Garland Life - Thu 6 Feb 7:45pm Thu 6 Feb Theatre 7:45pm £8.50 - £25.50
My Judy Garland Life - Fri 7 Feb 7:45pm Fri 7 Feb Theatre 7:45pm £9.50 - £27
My Judy Garland Life - Sat 8 Feb 2:30pm Sat 8 Feb Theatre 2:30pm Hot Night £8.50 - £14
My Judy Garland Life - Sat 8 Feb 7:45pm Sat 8 Feb Theatre 7:45pm £9.50 - £27.50
My Judy Garland Life - Tue 11 Feb 7:45pm Tue 11 Feb Theatre 7:45pm £8.50 - £25.50
My Judy Garland Life - Wed 12 Feb 7:45pm Wed 12 Feb Theatre 7:45pm Audio Described Performance £8.50 - £25.50
My Judy Garland Life - Thu 13 Feb 1:30pm Thu 13 Feb Theatre 1:30pm £8.50 - £14
My Judy Garland Life - Thu 13 Feb 7:45pm Thu 13 Feb Theatre 7:45pm Captioned Performance £8.50 - £25.50
My Judy Garland Life - Fri 14 Feb 7:45pm Fri 14 Feb Theatre 7:45pm Sign Interpreted £9.50 - £27
My Judy Garland Life - Sat 15 Feb 7:45pm Sat 15 Feb Theatre 7:45pm £9.50 - £27


Praise for the stage show My Judy Garland Life:


Camp as kittens and almost as lovable

The Guardian


Huge hit for Nottingham and deserves to be seen elsewhere

The Sunday Express


Triplett’s portrayal of Judy, is heartstopping….sets the show alight

The Observer


An explosion of showmanship

theatreCat Libby Purves Reviews

It’s a winning performance…exhilarating and upbeat

The Stage

Sally Ann Triplett’s performance is nothing short of remarkable…one hell of a show (4.5 stars)

The Public Reviews

Compelling theatre

Nottingham Post

Triplett, a musical star

Theatreworld Internet Magazine


Experience Nottinghamshire

Praise for the book My Judy Garland Life by Susie Boyt:

You’d need the heart of a tin man not to feel moved

The Independent on Sunday

The book defies definition…it is a bold experiment that sets out to map the boundaries of celebrity obsession, and somewhere along the way discovers what it means to be human…beautiful, heart stopping writing

The Observer

An extraordinary book…risky, clever, moving and innovative

Guardian Books of the Year

Flings its arms out in the street like a wonderful diva. Brava.

The Times

This is a memoir inside a biography inside a novel inside a play inside a meditation on hero worship, loss and excess.

Times Literary Supplement

Contagious and ultimately uplifting…I couldn’t put [it] down

Oprah Magazine

[The book is] not only of general interest but of universal significance

The Toronto Globe and Mal


The Independent on Sunday

The Observer

Oprah Magazine

The Toronto Globe and Mail


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