ONE of the aims in showbusiness is to leave the audience smiling.

And as far as the Simon Fielder, producer of the Buddy Holly Show is concerned this is top of the list - top of the tree.

He has been responsible for the Buddy Holly and the Cricketers Show since 1992, so for all you wizards at maths, this year the show celebrates its 25th Silver Anniversary.

This celebratory show will be appearing at The Brewhouse in Taunton on October 6, so you can catch all the excitement of one of the pioneers of rock n roll.

Simon who back in the day did play Buddy Holly in the show, was keen to emphasise this was not a tribute show, he said what they put on stage was giving a sense of what Buddy Holly might be doing today if he was alive.

He said: "One of the things we have never done is give out the name of the actor who is playing Buddy. We wanted to make it feel as though this was Buddy Holly and to give people a sense of what he would be doing today.

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"The fact the show is 25 years old, is a testament to the music of Buddy Holly.

"What we are doing is giving that music life."

As a former Buddy Holly what did he think an actor/singer needed to have to be Buddy Holly.

Simon said: "He needs to have a great voice, a great guitarist and a personality. People who met Buddy said the one thing he had was charisma and a great charm.

"He was also like the boy next door who would play music for you."

Simon was amazed the show has been going so long and many people who were attending the 25th Silver Anniversary show had seen the production when it first went on stage in 1992.

And the reason Simon felt the song was still a big hit was down to the music.

He said: "What Buddy Holly managed to do was to capture the sense of being young, what it was like to fall in love and the disappointment if you lost love.

"What is great about the music is it does not sound dated.

"What I hope when people come to see the show is they leave the theatre and go out onto the street smiling.

"There is nothing better for a producer to look out and see a seas of smiling faces."

Buddy Holly and The Cricketers is at the Brewhouse Theatre on October 6.

Tickets cost £18-£20 and these can be bought online at or by calling the box office on 01823 283244.