Buddy - the Buddy Holly Story has announced a 25th anniversary tour of the UK in 2013, opening at Cheltenham's Everyman Theatre on 4 September 2013.

Seen by over 22 million people since it opened at the Victoria Palace Theatre in 1989, Buddy tells the tale of the musical icon’s meteoric rise to fame and his final legendary performance at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, before his tragic and untimely death at the age of 22.

The show features many of Buddy Holly's greatest hits, including "That’ll Be The Day", "Peggy Sue", "Oh Boy" and "Rave On". Other songs include "Chantilly Lace" and "La Bamba".

Buddy’s widow, Maria Elena Holly, says of the show’s latest milestone: “When we opened the show we never imagined Buddy’s music and story would still be rocking stages and entertaining audiences around the world week-in week-out 25 years later. I believe this is testament to a great show – the first of its kind – and to the enduring appeal of Buddy Holly and what he represents; a youthful energy, huge talent and creativity, combined with a determination to make a lasting impression in this world."

Buddy opens at Cheltenham's Everyman Theatre on 4 September 2013, before touring to Buxton, Halifax, Inverness, Aberdeen, King's Lynn, Swansea, Portsmouth, Lowestoft, Rhyl, Northampton, Poole, Watford and Guildford.