29th Winter Edition
10-13 November 2021

Billie Holiday at Carnegie Hall Starring Vimala Rowe

Sat, 13 November 2021

8.30pm to 10.30pm

Hull Truck Theatre, 50 Ferensway, Hull, HU2 8LB

£22.50 (students and under-26s £6; livestream £15)

Tickets available from Hull Truck Theatre box office online, in person at the box office or by calling 01482 323638. (NB: The livestream is listed as a separate event on the Hull Truck Theatre website. You can find it here.)

Hull Truck Theatre is wheelchair accessible. Wheelchair spaces and companion spaces can be booked via the box office.

Our friends at Hull Truck Theatre have been working hard to put in place measures to welcome audiences back safely. Please visit their website to find out what they’re doing to keep you safe and what you can do to help yourself and others keep safe.

Festival ticket offers

Festival 3-for-2 offer: See any three live shows at Hull Truck Theatre for the price of two (book three shows in advance at the same time and get the cheapest free. Does not include film screening of Get Carter)

Please note that the above offer isn’t available online and can only be booked via the Hull Truck Theatre box office on 01482 323638 or in person.

Saturday Saver: See all four Saturday shows at Hull Truck Theatre for £36 (students and-under 26s £12)

Livestream offer: See all three livestream shows for £30 (students and under-26s £12)


Inspired by the legendary 1956 concerts at which Billie’s music was accompanied by extracts from her autobiography Lady Sings the Blues, this words-and-music show gives a thrilling insight into this immortal jazz talent.

Rowe gives her unique interpretations of the Lady Day catalogue while quoting from Billie’s extraordinary life story, with a stellar band led by pianist and MD Alex Webb and featuring Sue Richardson (trumpet) and Denys Baptiste (tenor saxophone and clarinet).

The show includes many of the most well-known Holiday songs, ranging from the optimism of her 1930s work (What A Little Moonlight Can Do, Fine and Mellow) through her 1940s torch songs (My Man, I Cover the Waterfront) to her classics Don’t Explain and Lady Sings the Blues – and, of course, the chilling Strange Fruit.

Vimala Rowe is sensational, the closing number, Strange Fruit, is delivered with eye-moistening poignancy” – The Arts Desk

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