MK Chrysalis Theatre to host musical telling story of Bowie’s Bletchley-raised stylist

The Chrysalis Theatre in Milton Keynes is to host the debut of the musical Buretti: The Man Who Sewed The World, about David Bowie’s stylist from Bletchley.

With a cast of over 30 local actors, dancers and musicians, this musical tells the fascinating story of Bletchley boy Freddie Burretti, who was a close friend of rock icon David Bowie, and was a key costume collaborator and stylist in Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust days.

Armed with a befitting musical score, the play unfolds events leading up to the legendary 1972 BBC Top of the Pops broadcast of Bowie as Ziggy performing Starman. It will leave you in no doubt, that Freddie Burretti was indeed the man who sewed the world.

Tickets are priced at £15, and can be brought online at, or alternatively by phone by calling 0333 666 3366

The musical tells the story of the Bletchley-based Freddie Burretti, who according to rock writings of the time, was the inspiration of Rock’s finest and last ever truly iconic Starman Bowie.

Together they challenged British culture, fashion and a sceptical rock music industry and won. Perhaps more importantly, their shared resilience not to bow down to a 1970’s homophobic society provided a pathway for gay rights to be established as we know them today.

The story has been put together by Bletchley resident Lee Scriven. When describing the production, he said, “It’s a beautiful true story about two beautiful people, and it’s a story that needs to be told.

“I grew up in Bletchley, the same town as Freddie Buretti did and it saddens me that Freddie’s impact and incredible talent has never been truly recognised.

“Hopefully this musical will help change that.”

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