Sinatra: RAW with Richard Shelton

Sinatra: RAW

Written and performed by Richard Shelton

Saturday 21 October 2023, 15:00

Past Event
Sinatra: RAW Past Event

The critically acclaimed, multi-award-winning play, Sinatra: RAW, stars actor and singer Richard Shelton, accompanied on piano.

Wolverhampton-born and fondly remembered from TV’s Emmerdale, Shelton is internationally acclaimed as one of the world’s best interpreters of Frank Sinatra’s music. Sinatra: RAW brings to life the man who defined an era, and whose musical legacy will never die.

Palm Springs, 1971: Frank Sinatra prepares for his last pre-retirement intimate show. But his blue eyes are red-rimmed with memories and regret. He drinks ‘One For My Baby’ too many when things take an unexpected twist. This is the 2am Sinatra you dream of meeting – dangerous, unpredictable, brilliant!

Regrets? He’s had a few. Sinatra gathers a few friends together in the Purple Room, Palm Springs to sing a few songs around the piano, smoke a few cigarettes and reminisce. As the Jack Daniels goes down, the memories surface. He rails against the iniquities of Mafia allegations, a trail of broken love affairs, a life as the leader of the Rat Pack and a life in Hollywood littered with indiscretions and even a suicide attempt.

At the heart of it is the great love of his life, Ava Gardner – arguably the most beautiful actress in Hollywood and known as “The Body”. She’s no pushover and meets him drink for drink and punch for punch as he recalls the heartbreak of their doomed love affair and marriage.

Despite it all, Sinatra emerges triumphant in a belting rendition of ‘That’s Life!’ summing up the substance of the man, and we see what made him such an enduring icon.

‘Sinatra: Raw is a gift. Richard Shelton sings as Sinatra and his performance is mesmerizing, emotional, tender and utterly real. I challenge anyone to discern any difference between Shelton’s voice and Sinatra’s. It really is a transcendental experience… if you love Sinatra and, honestly who doesn’t, this is unmissable.’ (

‘… a genuinely moving and, musically speaking, deeply satisfying experience. When I saw Shelton, he was a better Sinatra than Sinatra had been.’ (The American Prospect)

‘His voice wraps you up. It helps that the Sinatra songbook contains pure gold. But, again, the veracity of Shelton’s flinty performance adds a fillip to his interpretations of the music.’ (The Times)

‘This show packs a surprising emotional punch and Shelton delivers terrific versions of Sinatra’s greatest hits. No wonder the production sells out all over the world.’ ★★★★★ (The Spectator)

‘Shelton as Sinatra is quite simply phenomenal’ ★★★★★ (Mike Young, BBC)

WINNER - Best of The Broadwater 2023


Ticket Information

£32.50, £28.50, £22.50, £18.50

All orders are subject to a transaction fee, except if made in person. See booking information for details, payment methods and delivery options.

Check out the view from your chosen seat on our interactive seating plan.

This event has passed.

Join our email mailing list to be the first to hear about new events and for access to pre-sale tickets.

Join our Mailing List

View our privacy policy