Hailed as one of the great voices on the British stage today, Straker has entertained audiences on stage and screen for over the last four decades. Peter first shot to fame in 1968 when he starred and stripped as ‘Hud’ in the London Production of the seminal musical ‘Hair.” He went on to appear in The Who’s ‘Tommy’, the legendary ‘The Rocky Horror Show’, ‘The Wiz’, ‘Blues In the Night, and began a long association as The Phantom, with Ken Hill’s ‘The Original Phantom of the Opera’
His outstanding vocal abilities are well known, documented, and admired. From his collaborations on the Alan Parson’s Project ‘I Robot’, to his solo albums and recordings with Freddie Mercury, actively promoted on tour with his own band, and his critically acclaimed one man shows and concert appearances.
Early in 2020 Straker performed in Simon Callow’s new translation of La Cage aux Folles [The Play] in London at the Park Theatre. Back in 2019 Straker performed with Gabriele Baldocci at The Stables in Milton Keynes, showcasing the SHEER PIANO ATTACK: QUEEN PIANO TRIBUTE Album launch, and with the Dutch Queen Tribute Band Miracle, as well as with long time friend and collaborator, Mike Moran at the Czech Queen Fan Club Convention.
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🤩 A spur of the moment request from Peter, with photos taken earlier today as he was raising a (customary) glass. 🍷
“In celebration of the late iconic music legend John Lennon’s 80th birthday, here’s a little something I recorded from the incredible Double Fantasy album, “(Just Like) Starting Over”
Happy heavenly birthday Mr Lennon.
Enjoy, Straker x” 😘
June 2020 YouTube ONLY!
“The song’s not just for VE Day”
Peter is keen that the song should have longevity and wants it to keep on helping the Royal Hospital:
“It’s not just for VE Day though, it’s for afterwards too. I want more people to become aware of it and donate to the Chelsea Pensioners. I think the Royal Hospital is great and so beautiful. Just to go in is glorious. Although it’s a generation and a way of life we don’t see much, it’s not stuck in the past though, it’s very much now.
Lockdown has been a period of reflection and has made me think we don’t make time to enjoy things – we’re always rushing around. That’s what I like about the Chelsea Pensioners. That generation have time. We don’t look after ourselves from that point of view.”
“I hope people will listen and give to the Pensioners”
The song for the Royal Hospital has been Peter’s only recording during the lockdown period and one that he’s loved doing:
“I enjoyed it immensely, it almost happened organically. I really hope people will listen to The White Cliffs and give to the Chelsea Pensioners, even if it’s just a pound. I hope I can come and sing outside for them too, when lockdown has lifted.”
I want to send this personal message of thanks to all our veterans and recognise the sacrifices they and their comrades made in World War 2 and since.
On this 75th anniversary of VE Day, I’d like to celebrate with my own interpretation of the classic song, The White Cliffs of Dover.
Please watch and donate towards the wonderful Royal Hospital Chelsea using the link below. Our veteran Chelsea Pensioners deserve all we can give at this difficult time. Thank you.
Love Straker 😈
12 February 2020 – 21 March 2020
La Cage aux Folles [The Play]
By Jean Poiret
“Enter the glittering world of La Cage aux Folles – the play which spawned four blockbuster films and the Tony Award-winning musical. See the original, riotous and heartfelt farce for the first time in the English language.”
Nightclub owner Georges and his dazzling drag artiste partner Albin create the most spectacular shows in St. Tropez. But when Georges’ son Laurent announces his engagement to the daughter of a notoriously right-wing politician determined to bring the curtain down on the town’s vibrant nightlife, the real performance begins.
As Georges and Albin entertain their soon-to-be in laws and attempt to conceal their true nature for the sake of their son, how long can the façade last?
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Listen to Peter Straker in Interview with Tery Sullivan on Tuesday 1st October on SG1 Radio/ Smart Radio GY in Stevenage where he discussed his upcoming show :
WHAT THE PAPERS SAY…
BEAUTIFUL SINGING VOICE’ (Michael Coveney)
‘CATCH STRAKER WHILST HE’S STILL ON THIS EARTH’ (BBC)
‘FOR FANS OF BREL, FANS OF STRAKER AND FANS OF MUSIC, THIS SHOW SHOULD NOT BE MISSED’ (BroadwayBaby)
‘STRAKER’S ENERGETIC PERFORMANCE COULD FILL A ROOM TWICE THE SIZE. IT’S EXCITING, INVIGORATING AND LIFE-AFFIRMING!’ (British Theatre Guide)
‘ONE OF THE MUST-SEE SHOWS OF THE FRINGE’ (Scotsman)