The Rat Pack originally opened for what was meant to be a limited West End season at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in March 2003. After extending at the Haymarket, the show moved in June of that year to the Strand Theatre (now renamed the Novello), where it again extended repeatedly before moving to the Savoy on 3 June 2005. The production is still looking for a new more permanent home in the West End following its closure on 12 August 2006 to make way for Trevor Nunn’s staging of the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. The show opened its latest tour on 4 September 2006 at the Southend’s Cliffs Pavilion.
Christmas With The Rat Pack, which was launched in 2004 (See News, 15 Jun 2004), features all the seasonal favourites including a Christmas carol medley, Jingle Bells, Rudolph, and Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, as well as many of the guys' classic tunes including Fly Me To The Moon, That's Amore, Mr Bo Jangles, Sway, New York, New York, Volare, That's Life and My Way.
- by Caroline Ansdell