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the new musical for anyone who had a heart

BILL KENWRIGHT AND LAURIE MANSFIELD PRESENT 

BAFTA AWARD WINNING JEFF POPE'S

CILLA - THE MUSICAL is the new spectacular and heart-warming musical adaptation of the critically acclaimed hit ITV television series by Bafta Award winner, Jeff Pope. It tells the extraordinary story of the teenage girl from Liverpool whose teenage dreams of stardom lead to her becoming one of Britain’s best-loved entertainers of all time.

It’s an introduction by a young John Lennon to music mogul Brian Epstein that changes Pricilla White’s life forever. By the age of just 25 she would be known as singer and TV Star Cilla Black, Number One selling artist and at the fore-front of the Brit-Pop music scene.

The musical score is the ultimate soundtrack to the 60’s including Cilla’s greatest hits Anyone Who Had a Heart, Alfie and Something Tells Me, Twist and Shout by the Beatles, California Dreamin by The Mamas and The Papas’ and many more.

DIRECTED BY BILL KENWRIGHT AND BOB TOMSON | EXECUTIVE PRODUCER ROBERT WILLIS

 

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THE OPEN AUDITIONS TO FIND OUR CILLA HAVE NOW TAKEN PLACE

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO AUDITIONED

TO FOLLOW THE AUDITION PROCESS AND KEEP UP-TO-DATE WITH ALL THE LATEST TOUR INFORMATION

WATCH ITV'S THIS MORNING OR FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA

TWITTER: @CILLAMUSICAL

FACEBOOK: CILLATHEMUSICAL

 

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cilla the musical tour

 

17 - 21 OCT            BLACKPOOL OPERA HOUSE                             0844 856 1111| WGBPL.CO.UK

31 OCT - 4 NOV     CARDIFF NEW THEATRE                                    02920 87 88 89 | NEWTHEATRECARDIFF.CO.UK

07 - 11 NOV           NEW WIMBLEDON THEATRE                            0844 871 7646 | ATGTICKETS.COM/WIMBLEDON

14 - 18 NOV           STOKE REGENT THEATRE                                   0844 871 7649 | ATGTICKETS.COM/STOKE

21 - 25 NOV           MANCHESTER PALACE THEATRE                       0844 871 3019 | ATGTICKETS.COM/MANCHESTER

28 NOV - 2 DEC     BRADFORD ALHAMBRA THEATRE                      01274 432000 | BRADFORD-THEATRES.CO.UK

 

2018

16 - 20 JAN       DARTFORD, ORCHARD THEATRE                    01322 220 000| ORCHARDTHEATRE.CO.UK

23 - 27 JAN       YORK, GRAND OPERA HOUSE                      0844 871 3024 | ATGTICKETS.COM/YORK

30 JAN - 3 FEB  GLASGOW, KINGS THEATRE                       0844 871 7648 | ATGTICKETS.COM/GLASGOW

6 - 10 FEB          DUBLIN, BORD GAIS THEATRE                       +353 (1) 677 7999 | BORDGAISENERGYTHEATRE.IE

13 - 17 FEB         OXFORD, NEW THEATRE                              0844 871 3020 | ATGTICKETS.COM/OXFORD

20 - 24 FEB        NORTHAMPTON, DERNGATE                     01604 624 811| ROYALDERNGATE.CO.UK

27 FEB - 3 MAR NEWCASTLE, THEATRE ROYAL                     08448 11 21 21 | THEATREROYAL.CO.UK

6 - 10 MAR        CHESTER, STORY HOUSE                             01244 406 113 | STORYHOUSE.COM

13 - 17 MAR      BRISTOL, HIPPODROME                               0844 871 3012| ATGTICKETS.COM/BRISTOL

20 - 24 MAR     WOKING, NEW VICTORIA THEATRE          0844 871 7645| ATGTICKETS.COM/WOKING

3 - 8 APRIL        NOTTINGHAM, THEATRE ROYAL                 ON SALE SOON

10 - 14 APRIL      AYLESBURY, WATERSIDE THEATRE              ON SALE SOON

17 - 21 APRIL     NORWICH, THEATRE ROYAL                        ON SALE SOON

 

 

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hot off the press

 

‘KARA LILY HAYWORTH IS A SUPERSTAR…YOU’LL LAUGH, CRY AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN. CILLA THE MUSICAL IS SIMPLY FLAWLESS’

★★★★★

KATE LALLY-LE - LIVERPOOL ECHO

 

‘HAS THE AUDIENCE ON ITS FEET, AND DOES HER MEMORY PROUD’

★★★★

MARK SHENTON - THE STAGE

 

‘A 24 CARAT CELEBRATION OF CILLA BLACK AND HER LASTING LEGACY. EXCILLA-RATING’

★★★★★

PETER GRANT - WIRRAL GLOBE

 

'KARA LILY HAYWORTH'S PERFORMANCE IS MESMERISING' 

★★★★

UNDERDOG REVIEWS

 

 

KARA LILY HAYWORTH TO PLAY CILLA IN NEW MUSICAL

Following weeks of open auditions at venues up and down the country – the producers of CILLA – THE MUSICAL have found their star. KARA LILY HAYWORTH has fought off thousands of hopefuls to be named as the girl who will step into the Legend’s coveted shoes in the first ever musical about the star’s life.

Cilla - The Musical, is a spectacular and heart-warming musical adaptation of the critically acclaimed ITV mini-series based on the early life of Cilla Black, by BAFTA award winner, Jeff Pope (The Moorside, Philomena, From The Cradle To The Grave, Mrs Biggs). The new musical, opens in Cilla’s hometown at the Liverpool Empire from Thursday 7th – 16th September before embarking on a nationwide tour.

Kara queued for four hours at London’s Dominion Theatre to have her chance to audition in the first rounds. She made it through to the final 30 before being chosen to do her final audition at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

Robert Willis said, “We wanted somebody who wasn’t going to impersonate my mum but someone who could capture her spirit. Kara came in with her huge personality and amazing voice – when I saw the response of the audience at the Cavern, I knew she was the one my mum would have wanted!”

Originally from Watford, Kara trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She recently performed in Secret Cinema’s Moulin Rouge and this will be her first leading role in a big new musical…and her first time on tour!

She said  “When I was 11 I was shopping with my mum and bumped into Cilla and asked her for an autograph. I told her I wanted to be an actress – she laughed and said ‘It’s a tough industry, but if you really work hard and go for it, you’ll be just fine.’ She was a huge inspiration to me as a child; I grew up watching her on Blind Date every Saturday night with my Nan. To be chosen to play her is such an honour and I’m so excited to take on the role. To open in her hometown of Liverpool is so special and a real privilege.”

 

 

 

 

"A Musical about the late Cilla Black, one of Britain's most beloved entertainers, will open in Liverpool - the city of her birth - in the autumn."  

BAZ BAMIGBOYE - DAILY MAIL 

 
 

CAST & CREATIVES

 

 

CAST

CILLA                                                                                          KARA LILY HAYWORTH                      

BOBBY                                                                                       CARL AU

BRIAN EPSTEIN                                                                        ANDREW LANCEL                    

BIG CILLA                                                                                  PAULINE FLEMING                      

JOHN WHITE                                                                            NEIL MacDONALD                       

JOHNNY HUTCHINSON                                                        TOM DUNLEA                

PAT                                                                                             BILLIE HARDY      

ROSE WILLIS                                                                             AMY BRIDGES      

PAULINE                                                                                    GEMMA BRODRICK-BOWER

RINGO STARR                                                                          BILL CAPLE  

PAUL McCARTNEY/ DENNY DOHERTY                              JOSHUA GANNON                

KENNY WILLIS                                                                         TOM CHRISTIAN      

JOHN LENNON                                                                       MICHAEL HAWKINS  

GERRY MARSDEN                                                                   ALAN HOWELL 

ADRIAN BARBER/ JOHN PHILLIPS                                     JAY OSBORNE                

GEORGE HARRISON                                                              ALEX HARFORD 

DANIEL                                                                                      WILL KINNON  

BERYL/ SWING                                                                       JENNY MURPHY  

GEORGE MARTIN                                                                    TOM SOWINSKI 

JOHN GUSTAFSON                                                                CHRISTOPHER WEEKS

 

CREATIVES

DIRECTOR                                                                                  BILL KENWRIGHT

CO-DIRECTOR                                                                           BOB TOMSON

CHOREOGRAPHER                                                                  CAROLE TODD

DESIGNER                                                                                 GARY McCANN

LIGHTING DESIGNER                                                              NICK RICHINGS

SOUND DESIGNER                                                                  DAN SAMSON

WIGS DESIGNER                                                                     RICHARD MAWBEY

MUSICAL DIRECTOR                                                               SCOTT ALDER

MUSICAL SUPERVISOR/ ARRANGER                                MARC McBRIDE

MUSIC PRODUCER AND ORCHESTRAL                              GARY HICKESON

ARRANGEMENT

COSTUME SUPERVISOR                                                        GABRIELLA INGRAM

 

COMPANY STAGE MANAGER                                            HELEN SPALL

DEPUTY STAGE MANAGER                                                  KARLY HILL

ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER                                            ERIN THOMSON

TECHNICAL ASM                                                                    PAUL DUFFY

LX NUMBER 1                                                                        STEVEN HOYE

LX NUMBER 2                                                                        FREDDY MARLOW

SOUND NUMBER 1                                                              GRAHAM BURGESS

SOUND NUMBER 2                                                              ELLIOT WILLIAMS  

 

HEAD OF WARDROBE                                                         SARAH BECS

WARDROBE DEPUTY                                                           ROSIE DAPLYN

HEAD OF WIGS                                                                    HELEN WILLAMSON

PROPS SUPERVISOR                                                          CLAIRE AUVACHE

 

THE CAVERN CLUB

HOLLY RAHAN

YASMINA PATEL

LILY CUSHWAY

MAIA REID

ANTONIA HAYWARD

ESTELLE RANDALL

D'ARCY BULL

TOM KALEK

RYAN TRUSCOTT

LUKE CARR