Author Topic: Maxine Peake to play Velvet Underground's Nico  (Read 320 times)


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Maxine Peake to play Velvet Underground's Nico
« on: 19:31:49, 07/03/19 »

Nico, the chanteuse who was the original femme fatale of 1960s art-rock, is to be portrayed in a new stage show starring Maxine Peake.

The German-born singer is best known for her vocals on the seminal 1967 album The Velvet Underground and Nico.

But the show, titled The Nico Project, will focus on her bleak 1968 solo album The Marble Index. She later faded from the limelight and died in 1988.

The show will be staged in July at the Manchester International Festival.

Peake, who has starred in Peterloo, Black Mirror and Three Girls, said she was attracted by Nico's "dark side".

"Where does that come from?" she asked. "I remember first listening to The Marble Index in my late teens in a dark room and I felt very uneasy about it.

"It takes you to uncomfortable places, but it's beautiful at the same time. And I'm just fascinated with people who allow that to really seep out of them, to express that and to go to those places that most of us try to avoid."
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