15 April 2016
Reviewed by Sharon Mongey
It was my pleasure to attend the Grove Theatre in Dunstable last night to see “One Night of Elvis” starring Lee Memphis King.
We found the theatre easily and parking at the rear had ample spaces, this was free as it was after 6pm.
We headed straight to the theatre but noted a Wetherspoons pub a very short distance away, this may be ideal if you wanted to have a meal if you planned on arriving early. The large foyer was very busy when we arrived with an excited atmosphere. We collected our tickets with ease and were given directions where to go. We stopped off at the bar for drinks, although we did not require any we noticed that they did sell snacks and sweets. It was very busy but staff worked well to serve all in the quickest time possible. The toilets at the Grove were clean, tidy and there were plenty of them.
We made our way into the auditorium where were met at the door by a pleasant usher who directed us to our seats, we were seated in the Front Circle section, the seats set in a horseshoe with access from either end, we had to pass people to get to our seat but there was ample room to do so.
The excitement in the foyer spilled through into the auditorium, the stage subtly lit with red and blue lights was set ready for the eight piece accompanying band (Elvis had later introduced them as a band and not an orchestra) and the two backup singers. The audience were not to be disappointed, the music started, a video screen projected images and information about Elvis and Lee Memphis King arrived on stage. We were treated to numerous songs taken from the “Comeback Tour” and the “Vegas Years” including “Blue Suede Shoes” and “The Ghetto”. Interaction with the audience was fantastic and we were treated to far more humour than I had expected. Lee was impersonating Elvis when singing, mimicking moves and dances, he was amazing, in fact the people seated next to us had already seen him twice, tonight made it their third and a fourth was planned, I could see why, he was fabulous, he chatted between songs in his own voice telling stories about Elvis’s life. Half way through the show we were treated to a jamming session, just the three guitarist, Elvis and the drummer that used a guitar case as his drum kit, this gave an intimate feel to the show that had been very lively and did return to be afterwards.
As we neared the end of the performance the entire audience were up on their feet and swaying in the aisles to many songs including “An American Trilogy”. This show is suitable for people that are both Elvis fanatics and people that just like a bit of Elvis, I did not know all the songs that were sung tonight as I fall into the category of liking Elvis and not a fanatic, he did however finish with my all time favourite of “Suspicious Minds” just capping off an amazing show.
I would thoroughly recommend this show, it was extremely entertaining, Lee Memphis King was phenomenal as Elvis, tickets were reasonably priced, giving great value for money.
I would definitely go again and I give this show a 5 out of 5.
One Night of Elvis is currently on tour around the UK, for more information and tour dates visit www.leememphisking.com.
For other shows at the Grove Theatre in Dunstable visit www.grovetheatre.co.uk.
Grove Theatre, Grove Park, Court Drive, Dunstable, LU5 4GP | 01582 602080