Pet Shop Boys, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, are the most successful duo in UK music history. Since 1985 they have achieved 40 Top 20 singles in the UK including four number ones and in the USA six Top 20 singles including the number one, “West End girls”. They have released 13 studio albums and collaborated with artists including Dusty Springfield, David Bowie and Liza Minnelli.
Aside from The Most Incredible Thing which won an Evening Standard Theatre Award in 2011, Pet Shop Boys have also written a West End musical Closer to Heaven with playwright Jonathan Harvey and a soundtrack to the classic silent film, Battleship Potemkin, which was premiered in 2004 in Trafalgar Square, London. In 2012 they appeared before a worldwide television audience during the London Olympics’ closing ceremony. Two years later, their electronics/orchestral piece, A Man From The Future, received its world premiere as a Late Night Prom concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London with the BBC Concert Orchestra.
In their live shows over the last 20 years, Pet Shop Boys have created an original and influential style of pop musical theatre, collaborating with directors, designers and artists including Derek Jarman, David Alden and David Fielding, Zaha Hadid, Sam Taylor-Wood and Es Devlin.
Pet Shop Boys’ most recent album, Super, was produced by Stuart Price and released worldwide in 2016, entering the UK chart at No 3. In July that year they played a four-date residency at London’s Royal Opera House and will return there for four more concerts this summer. The concerts were staged by designer Es Devlin and choreographer Lynne Page and received ecstatic reviews with The Independent stating that ‘their career has perpetually shown that pop music and high art cannot only co-exist but surpass supposedly superior musical forms.’
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