Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story

Two hours of the best rock 'n' roll songs ever written

2021 Season Dates to be Announced

2020 Season Postponed:
2021 Dates to be Announced

Due to continued uncertainty around Covid-19, the Showbiz Board and Christchurch Musical Theatre Education Trust (CMTET) confirm the postponement of the production of Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story which was originally scheduled for September 2020. 

Showbiz is hopeful to be in a position to stage the show in late 2021

Creative Team

Writer: Alan Janes

Producer: Showbiz Christchurch

Director & Choreographer: Sara Brodie

Musical Director: Richard Marrett

By Arrangement with Alan Janes


Isaac Theatre Royal
145 Gloucester St, Christchurch Central City

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Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story

Buddy has had audiences on their feet in every corner of the globe and now "The World's Most Successful Rock 'n' Roll Musical" is back and ready to explode onto the stage in a toe-tapping, hand-clapping extravaganza!

In 1959, the man who changed the face of popular music tragically died in a plane crash aged just 22. Now Buddy tells the story of the three years in which he became the world's top recording artist with a show that features over 20 of Buddy Holly's greatest hits including 'Peggy Sue', 'That'll Be The Day', 'Oh Boy', 'Everyday', 'Not Fade Away', 'Rave On' and 'Raining In My Heart'.

Buddy follows Buddy Holly from his first recording contract through to his move to New York, to his final legendary performance at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa.

Seen by over 22 million people worldwide, this show is not to be missed as Buddy sings his way through two hours of the best rock 'n' roll songs ever written.