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Room 29

Jarvis Cocker & Chilly Gonzales
22 - 24 August 2017
King's Theatre

Do you believe in ghosts? What if a room could tell you the life stories of the people that have inhabited it? Better still – what if it could sing you those stories?

In this brand new collaboration, Jarvis Cocker and Chilly Gonzales give voice to the ghosts of Room 29 at the Château Marmont Hotel in Hollywood – using music, dance, theatrics, clips from classic Hollywood movies, and plenty more. All to reveal the secrets and the escapades of its famous and not-so-famous occupants – including Jean Harlow, Howard Hughes and Marilyn Monroe.

Former Pulp frontman, singer-songwriter, writer and actor, Jarvis Cocker was inspired to write a new cycle of songs during his own stay in Room 29, using one of the room’s more unusual items – a baby grand piano. This piano has borne witness to countless dramas – both real and imaginary – since the hotel opened its doors in 1927. Now, through the music of piano virtuoso Chilly Gonzales, with words by Jarvis Cocker, and aided and abetted by the Kaiser Quartett – it is ready to tell us its story for the first time.

The advertised time is approximately when the performance will start. Doors will open at least 30 mins prior to this time. 

beautifully bittersweet song cycle

The Guardian

Cocker and Gonzales sparked off each other like a long-standing double act

Evening Standard

Contains strobe lighting

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King's Theatre

2 Leven St,

Supported by

Flure Grossart



Performed by Jarvis CockerChilly Gonzales and Kaiser Quartett

Produced by Kampnagel International Center for Finer Arts, Jarvis Cocker and Chilly Gonzales

More information about the artists

Jarvis Cocker
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Chilly Gonzales
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Kaiser Quartett
Website | Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud

Room 29 | The Guardian

March 19th 2017

beautifully bittersweet song cycle

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Review by: 

Kitty Empire
The Guardian

Room 29 | The Independent

March 24th 2017

The pair riff off each other in witty asides

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Review by: 

Shaun Curran
The Independent

Room 29 | Evening Standard

March 25th 2017

Cocker and Gonzales sparked off each other like a long-standing double act

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Review by: 

Andre Paine
Evening Standard

Room 29 | Financial Times

March 26th 2017

A mesmerising evening

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Review by: 

Bernadette McNulty
Financial Times

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book.

The 2018 International Festival will be available to browse online in the spring.


Dress circle: £40 £22
Stalls: £40 £34 £28
Upper circle: £28 £22

Current discounts

Students: 30% OFF
Senior citizens: 30% OFF
Unemployed: 30% OFF
BECTU, Equity, MU: 30% OFF
Under 18s: 50% OFF
Young Scot cardholders: 50% OFF