News - Room 29 at the Barbican


Room 29 is a multi-media musical entertainment devised and performed by Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker and piano maestro Chilly Gonzales and will receive its UK premiere at the Barbican Theatre in March 2017...

Do you believe in ghosts? What if a room could tell you the life-stories of the people that have inhabited it? Better still - what if it could sing you those stories?

For the past three years both artists have been working on a song-cycle concerning the goings-on in Room 29 of the Ch√Ęteau Marmont Hotel in Hollywood. Now, through the music of Chilly Gonzales and the words of Jarvis Cocker – along with clips from classic Hollywood movies, live dance and audience participation – this room is ready to reveal its secrets for the first time.

Jarvis describes the Room 29 project, ‘Featuring contributions from film historian David Thomson and the stories of famous former occupants of the room such as Jean Harlow and Howard Hughes, the show will also attempt to unpick the way a heady concoction dreamt up in the immediate vicinity of the hotel went on to intoxicate the entire population of planet Earth. Or, (to quote the sub-title of David Thomson’s book The Big Screen ): it is also the story of the movies and what they did to us.’

'For the duration of one evening the entire audience will be occupants of Room 29. You will be greeted by our concierge and you will be given a key. Sit down, get comfortable – it will be our pleasure to serve up a night of entertainment like no other: Room 29 may be a real location in Hollywood, California – but it is also a place within each one of us. Through this collection of songs we hope to open the door to that room for all those of you who wish to explore it. How’s that for Room Service?’

Find out more and book tickets HERE

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