Cliff Richard | Open Air Theatre | Scarborough | 29 June 2017

Reviewed for The Northern Echo

Sir Cliff Richard, the Peter Pan of Pop, this week became the latest superstar to take to the stage of Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre.

Sir Cliff, now 76, had his first hit Move It, two years before The Beatles started, was on great form. Looking tanned, trim and dancing around the stage so energetically it would come as no surprise if you learned there was a Dorian Gray style portrait tucked away in his attic. Even more remarkably, his voice still sounds in great shape.

On a thankfully rain free evening (unlike the previous night’s show when Michael Ball and Alfie Boe’s audience faced wintry temperatures and torrential downpours) Britain’s Got Talent winners Collabro warmed the crowd up with a selection of show tunes before Cliff took to the stage.

He opened his set with a new song (It’s Gonna Be) Okay followed by Stronger Than That, Travellin’ Light and Chuck Berry’s Roll Over Beethoven. His latest album is of rock’n’roll covers and he later delighted the crowd with Bobby Darin’s Multiplication and Guy Mitchell’s Singing The Blues.

In between he offered many of his hits including Miss You Nights, The Young Ones, Summer Holiday, Wired for Sound, Devil Woman, The Day I Met Marie and We Don’t Talk Anymore. The special relationship Cliff has with his fans is obvious.

Earlier in the day he’d taken time to meet Clarice Batten backstage who was celebrating her 100th birthday. But there were many younger faces there too, and the sight of thousands of all ages standing, dancing and singing along was testament to Sir Cliff’s enduring popularity.


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