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Cilla - The Musical
Cilla - The Musical

After the success of its world premiere in Liverpool last year, Cilla — The Musical is on an extended UK tour. It includes a stop at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal.

It runs from Tuesday, April 3 to Saturday, April 7.

Cilla — The Musical is a heart-warming musical adaptation of the critically-acclaimed ITV television series by Bafta-winner Jeff Pope based on the life of Cilla Black.

It tells the extraordinary story of the ordinary girl from Liverpool whose teenage dreams of stardom lead her to becoming one of Britain’s best-loved entertainers of all time.

An introduction by a young John Lennon to music mogul Brian Epstein changes Priscilla White’s life forever.

By the age of 25 she would be known as singer and television star Cilla Black — a number one selling artist at the forefront of the Brit-Pop music scene.

The musical score is the ultimate soundtrack to the 1960s, including Cilla’s greatest hits Anyone Who Had A Heart, Alfie and Something Tells Me, as well as Twist And Shout by The Beatles, California Dreamin by The Mamas And The Papas and many more.

Kara Lily Hayworth takes the central role of Cilla after beating thousands of hopefuls in nationwide open auditions for the coveted role.

Bill Kenwright’s new musical reunites Tom Dunlea, Michael Hawkins and Gemma Brodrick-Bower, all of whom starred in Jeff Pope’s original ITV mini-series Cilla.

It also returns Andrew Lancel to the role of Epstein, which he played on stage to great critical acclaim in Epstein — The Man Who Made The Beatles.

Andrew is best known to TV audiences as super-villain Frank Foster in Coronation Street and as DI Neil Manson in the long-running ITV television series The Bill.

The cast also includes Carl Au (Bobby) Amy Bridges (Rose Willis) Bill Caple (Ringo Starr) Tom Christian (Kenny Willis) Pauline Fleming (Big Cilla) Joshua Gannon (Paul McCartney) Billie Hardy (Pat) and Neil MacDonald (John White).


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