Beverley Knight and cast of Memphis the Musical prepare for London premiere

WhatsOnStage gain exclusive access to the rehearsal room for Memphis the Musical.

Starring Beverley Knight and Killian Donnelly, Memphis centres on a black singer (Knight) whose career is on the rise, but who can't break out of segregated clubs of 1950's Memphis Tennessee.

Then she meets a white radio DJ (Donnelly) whose love of music transcends race lines and airwaves.

The show features a story by Joe DiPietro and an original score by DiPietro and Bon Jovi's David Bryan.

Memphis begins previews this week and officially opens at the Shaftesbury Theatre on 23 October.