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Liverpool date for comedy drama, The Ruby Slippers

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Liverpool date for comedy drama, The Ruby Slippers

After hugely successful tour dates since 2016 which included a run in London’s West End, the heartwarming comedy drama The Ruby Slippers makes a welcome return to the Liverpool stage from Tuesday 24 – Saturday 28 July.

Forming part of the official Liverpool Pride Festival programme, this critically acclaimed production will be staged at the Royal Court’s new Studio and tickets are on sale now.

This riotous comedy by Break A Leg Productions in association with Bill Elms features a stellar cast headed by Kurtis Stacey (Emmerdale) and Owen Farrow (BBC’s All Together Now as drag artist Divina De Campo) and explores a subject rarely seen on the theatre stage.

They are joined by James Rogerson (The Last Five Years), Debra Redcliffe (Coronation Street), Emma Vaudrey (Moving On and Hollyoaks) and Jordan Simms (Sharon Needles and Alaska 5000 Halloween Special).

Throw on your high heels, slap on your lipstick and get ready to strut your stuff down to The Ruby Slippers drag bar, where the power of love and personal identity will be pushed to the limit, and where secrets are about to be revealed, in this two-act comedy drama from writers Emma Culshaw and David Paul.

Producer Bill Elms said: “I am delighted that The Ruby Slippers is coming back to Liverpool. It has been incredible to watch how it has developed since its initial opening at Liverpool’s Lantern Theatre back in 2015. The show has since embarked on a North West tour in 2016 and transferred to London’s West End for a limited run in 2017.

“Audience reactions to the production have been overwhelming and due to huge popular demand, we are very excited to be bringing this important piece of theatre to the Studio at Liverpool’s Royal Court as part of this year’s official Liverpool Pride programme.”

Life is a drag at The Ruby Slippers, Blackpool’s struggling cabaret drag club. Owner Raz (Rogerson) thinks he has met the man of his dreams in barman and flatmate Ryan (Stacey). But is that about to change when Ryan confesses he has been hiding a secret – that he wants to become a woman?

Their relationship is put to the test as Ryan deals with the struggles of transitioning to Rachel.

On top of that a rival club has opened which threatens to not only steal Raz’s customers but also his star acts – the hilarious and outrageous drag queens Phoenix (Simms) and Destiny (Farrow).

Can true love overcome any obstacle? Will Phoenix and Destiny be swayed to leave The Ruby Slippers and join its rival? Loyalties will be put to the test as the campest club gets ready to open its drag doors once more.

Kevin Fearon, Executive Producer at Liverpool’s Royal Court said: “When Producer Bill Elms came to us with this script it didn’t take long to say yes. It is such a funny show which is a perfect fit for our new studio space. We are delighted to be hosting a show that is a part of Pride this year and hope to be involved for many years to come.”

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