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 Room 29, Jarvis Cocker and Chilly Gonzales give a voice to those ghosts, using music, theatrics, clips from classic Hollywood movies and more to reveal the secrets of Room 29 of the Chateau Marmont hotel in Hollywood.
For the duration of one evening the entire audience will be occupants of Room 29. You will be greeted by our concierge & you will be given a key. Sit down, get comfortable – it will be our pleasure to serve up a night of entertainment like no other. Room 29 may be a real location in Hollywood, California - but it is also a place within each one of us. Through this collection of songs the show opens the door to that room for all those of you who wish to explore it. How’s that for Room Service?
Featuring contributions from film historian David Thomson and the stories of famous former occupants of the room such as Jean Harlow & Howard Hughes, the show was conceived during Jarvis’s own stay at Room 29, using one of the room’s more unusual features – a baby grand piano. More than just an account of the countless dramas the Chateau Marmont hotel has played host to since it opened its doors in 1927, Room 29 is, to quote the sub-title of David Thomson’s book The Big Screen ‘the story of the movies & what they did to us’.