Real Hurricane Higgins Makes His West End DebutDate: 16 April 2004
Real-life snooker champion Alex ‘Hurricane’ Higgins will make his personal West End debut tonight (16 April 2004) when he takes to the stage at the Arts Theatre, where Hurricane, Richard Dormer’s hit one-man show based on his life, is currently running.
In “The Higgins Challenge”, members of the public will get the chance to play a frame on stage with the sportsman - whose return to form after battling throat cancer has been celebrated by beating arch rival Jimmy ‘The Whirlwind’ White in a succession of sold-out exhibition matches across the country - and may even find themselves chalking their cues alongside numerous special guest celebrities.
“The Higgins Challenge” will take place at 9.00pm after the evening performances of Hurricane tonight as well as on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 April. A combined ticket for both the play and the Challenge costs £20.
Hurricane transferred to the West End’s Arts Theatre on 30 March 2004 (preview 29 March), following a regional tour and run at London’s Soho Theatre as well as last year’s award-winning success at the Edinburgh Festival (See News, 8 Mar 2004). It continues its limited season until 8 May 2004.
The "people's champion", Higgins (pictured with Dormer) left school at 15, won the Northern Ireland and All Ireland Snooker Championships at 17, turned professional at 20 and, in 1972, aged just 23, became the youngest person ever to win the world championship. Hurricane, written and performed by Dormer, traces the highs and lows of the legendary sportsman.
- by Terri Paddock