IT ran for more than 14 years in the West End making it one of the longest-running shows in London theatre history, and now "Buddy - the Buddy Holly Story" is coming to Shrewsbury's Theatre Severn next week

It is part of a UK wide tour to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the world's most successful rock and roll musical show.

The show opens at Shrewsbury on Tuesday, March 10, with more shows at 7.30pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 14, plus 2.30pm shows on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.

"Buddy" wells the enduring 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 death at the age of 22.

On 18 short months the Texas-born rock'n'roller revolutionized the face of contemporary music, influencing everyone from The Beatles to Bruce Springsteen.

Audiences will be treated to 20 of Buddy Holly's greatest hits, including timeless classics "That'll Be the Day", "Peggy Sue", Oh Boy", and "Rave On".

So influential was he that his death was immortalised as "the day the music died".

Seen by more than 22 million music fans since it opened in London in 1989, and toured around the world, "Buddy" speaks an international language and continues to have audiences from aged eight to 80 years rockin' in the aisles across the globe.

Call the Theatre Severn box office for ticket availability on 01743 281281.