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23 August 2019 - The Billy Fury Years Courtyard Theatre Hereford


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The Billy Fury Years

One of the best-selling recording artists of the 1960s, Billy Fury enjoyed a string of hit
singles totalling a remarkable 332 weeks in the British charts. Health problems since
childhood led to the singer’s untimely death on January 28, 1983.

Hailed as "the best Fury since Fury”, Michael King and his fantastic collection of musicians
take you on a journey through the musical career of Britain's best loved rock n roll legend.
An exciting 2 hour show filled with Billy Fury's greatest hits and more delivered live in true
Fury style. This is a night of pure breathtaking Billy Fury entertainment plus the best Fury
sound you will hear!.

The whole show is further enhanced by fantastic audio and video effects plus various
costume changes depicting the ever changing image and face of the Fury phenomenon.

“The songs span Fury’s entire career from his initial record release (Maybe Tomorrow)
through to his final one, Forget Him - which, thanks to this thoughtful and welcome tribute
show, his legion of fans never will” - Lee Wilkinson. The Stage

“King captured fully the sound, the gestures, the mannerisms, even the physical
appearance of arguably Britain’s greatest Rock and Roll singer” - The Beat Magazine






Courtyard Theatre

The Courtyard opened its doors to the public for the very first time on September the 18th 1998. The culmination of five years of vision, fundraising and determination resulted in one of Hereford’s newest and most striking buildings and one of the region’s premiere new arts facilities.

The Courtyard is built on the site of the former municipal swimming baths that in its latter years had served as the City’s theatre and arts centre. However, this building was of very poor quality and it was obvious that significant amounts of money would have to be spent to bring it up to modern standards. With the advent of the National Lottery and the appointment of Jonathan Stone as the building’s new Artistic Director, the concept of a brand-new venue for Herefordshire was born.

The venue was awarded £3.75 million pounds from the Lottery Commission towards The Courtyard, which, together with contributions both in cash and kind from the then Hereford City Council and further fund-raising, made the project a reality.

Birmingham-based architects Glen Howells were appointed following a regional RIBA design competition and work began on site in April 1997. The building was to house two performance spaces, rehearsal rooms, dance studio, bar and restaurant, galleries, offices, meeting and conference facilities and a dedicated jewellery workshop.







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