The Queen of British Soul and West End leading lady BEVERLEY KNIGHT stars in the world premiere of a brand new musical - THE DRIFTERS GIRL. Coming to the West End Autumn 2021, discover the remarkable story of THE DRIFTERS, one of the world’s greatest vocal groups, and the truth about the woman who made them.
Beverley Knight On Stage - Theatre Credits, Bio and Tickets
Beverley Knight MBE was born in Wolverhampton in 1973. In 2021, she'll return to the West End to star in The Drifters Girl, with The Drifters Girl tickets on sale now.
Throughout her teens she sang in a church choir, whilst being raised listening to gospel music. She was also inspired by Sam Cooke and Aretha Franklin, who mixed elements of both gospel and secular music. In 1994, she signed to her first label, releasing her debut LP, The B-Funk, which won critical acclaim.
She is perhaps best known for a number of smash hits, including ‘Get Up!’ and ‘Shoulda Woulda Coulda’, both from her third LP, Who I Am (2002), which led to a Mercury Music Prize nomination. In 2004 she went onto release her biggest-selling album yet, Affirmation, which included hits such as “Keep This Fire Burning” and “Not Too Late for Love”. Subsequently, she won a lifetime achievement award at the Urban Music Awards.
In 2006, Knight released a platinum-selling compilation album. Following this, she started hosting Beverley’s Gospel Nights on BBC Radio 2, talking about gospel music, with interviews with celebrities including Michelle Williams and Shirley Caesar.
Knight was one of the many performers in the London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony, a performance which was highly praised. The recorded version reached #101 on iTunes, making it her first single in the charts since ‘Soul Survivor’ in 2010. Knight returned to The Bodyguard at The Dominion Theatre.
In 2013, Knight made her West End debut playing Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard at the Adelphi Theatre, which led to her being nominated at the What’s On Stage Awards for Best Takeover in a Role. In 2014 she starred in West End production Memphis The Musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre, and in 2015, she played Grizabella in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats at the London Palladium.
Knight will lead the cast as Faye Treadwell in the world premiere of The Drifters Girl, opening at the Garrick Theatre in 2021.