Tribute show to Hull music legend Mick Ronson and Spiders from Mars takes to stage again

The hit show telling the story of Hull music legend Mick Ronson is returning for a five-night run at Hull Truck this week.

Turn and Face the Strange was originally commissioned as part of Hull’s year as the UK City of Culture.

It proved to be one of the most popular shows of 2017, bringing together musicians who originally played with the guitarist who went on to perform alongside David Bowie as one of the Spiders from Mars as well as a clutch of other musicians from around the city.

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After a sell-out run at the Preston Road’s Freedom Centre in 2017, it later enjoyed two further sell-out runs at Hull Truck in 2018 and 2019.

Written by Garry Burnett and Rupert Creed, the multi-media show also features film by Hull-based Anna Bean, lighting by Jason Addison and stage design by Ed Ullyart, who has recently finished a mural depicting many of Hull’s big musical names on a gable end wall in Clumber Street off Princes Avenue.

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Rupert said: “We have given the show a 2021 special edition makeover.

Mick Ronson
Mick Ronson

“It keeps all the fantastic live music tracks that audiences love, along with some new songs, plus some new story content.

“We have got a great team of creatives on this project and as it’s the fourth outing for the show, we like to bring something new and exciting to each production.”

Garry added: “The remarkable story of one of Hull’s most brilliant and influential artists, supported by an extraordinary team of musicians, never fails to affect those who experience it.

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“Turn and Face the Strange features a powerful rock band alongside a classical ensemble offering a stunning sound and visual experience mixed with personal stories of Mick’s life and music career.”

Former Ronson bandmates Keith ‘Ched’ Cheseman and John Cambridge, who were both in The Rats, are returning again to play in the show this week.

Ched Cheeseman with Mick Ronson's guitar
Ched Cheeseman with Mick Ronson’s guitar

The latter also played drums in The Hype with Bowie and Ronson and has just written an autobiography about his life in the music business.

Advance copies of the book – called Bowie, Cambo and all the Hype – will be on sale in the foyer of the theatre in Ferensway, city centre, during the show’s run.

They will be joined onstage by Kristian Eastwood, Bobby Joyce, Tony Beasty, Annabel Etheridge and Phil Keech.

This week show runs every night from Tuesday to Saturday, September 18, together with a matinee performance on Saturday starting at 2pm.

Tickets for Turn and Face the Strange are on sale from Hull Truck’s Box Office on 01482 323638 or online at