A BOURNEMOUTH musician who underwent a double lung transplant three years ago is due to take the stage at the Regent Center in Christchurch next month.
Charles Michael Duke, who appeared on ITV’s “Loose Women” and the BBC’s “This is my Song”, is scheduled to perform his one man show on Saturday, October 16.
The show will see Charles talk about his life from the beginning to the present day, while performing an accompanying songbook.
Charles was born with cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system.
This eventually caused so many infections and bacteria that he needed a double lung transplant.
After three years of waiting and three missed matches, his double lung transplant finally took place in May 2018.
The global pandemic has caused the show to be postponed three times, but now Charles says he’s ready to honor the stage and celebrate the occasion.
âThis has always been the way I envisioned celebrating my transplant anniversary,â Charles said.
He added, âI first thought about the idea a few years before I finally got my transplant and have been working on production since then.
âActing jobs have always bothered me before, but I finally booked the show and I’m so excited to get on that stage.â
Charles will perform alongside a full band, dancers and special guests.
Since his transplant, Charles has played many leading roles on stage, including Buttons in “Cinderella”, which was held at the Regent Center, Judas in “Jesus Christ Superstar” at the Bournemouth Pavilion Theater and Sonny and Meatloaf in the UK tour of “Believe: the Cher Songbook”. ‘.
He is now taking a break from this tour to perform the world premiere of his – ‘Three Years On’.
Charles’s solo show featuring songs from Jesus Christ Superstar, original viral internet songs from Charles and his lockdown duet with Matt Lucas from ‘Baked Potato’.
Tickets for the first and only performance at the Regent Center are priced at Â£ 16.50 and are available at the Regent Center box office on 01202 499199, or at www.regentcentre.co.uk.