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
KARA LILY HAYWORTH SINGS CILLA THE MUSICAL
Introducing the magnificent Kara Lily Hayworth Sings Cilla the Musical EP!
This special limited edition CD is now available, featuring the songs “You’re My World”, “Anyone Who Had A Heart” and “Liverpool Lullaby”.
cilla the musical tour
17 - 21 APRIL NORWICH, THEATRE ROYAL 01603 630 000| THEATREROYALNORWICH.CO.UK
21 - 25 AUG RHYL, NEW PAVILION THEATRE 01745 33 00 00| RHYLPAVILION.CO.UK
28 AUG - 1 SEP SALFORD, THE LOWRY 0843 208 6000| THELOWRY.COM
4 - 8 SEP ABERDEEN, HIS MAJESTY'S THEATRE 01224 641 122| ABERDEENPERFORMINGARTS.COM
11 - 15 SEP BROMLEY, CHURCHILL THEATRE 0203 285 6000| CHURCHILLTHEATRE.CO.UK
25 - 29 SEP CARLISLE, THE SANDS CENTRE 01228 633 766 | THESANDSCENTRE.CO.UK
2 - 6 OCT SHEFFIELD, LYCEUM THEATRE 0114 249 6000 | SHEFFIELDTHEATRES.CO.UK
9 - 13 OCT LEICESTER, CURVE THEATRE 0116 242 3595 | CURVEONLINE.CO.UK
16 - 20 OCT LEEDS, GRAND THEATRE 0844 8482700 | LEEDSGRANDTHEATRE.COM
23 - 27 OCT NEW BRIGHTON, FLORAL PAVILION 0151 666 0000| FLORALPAVILION.COM
6 - 10 NOV SWANSEA, GRAND THEATRE 01792 475 715 | SWANSEA.GOV.UK/SWANSEAGRANDTHEATRE
13 - 17 NOV CRAWLEY, THE HAWTH 01293 55 36 36 | PARKWOODTHEATRES.CO.UK/THE-HAWTH
20 - 24 NOV DARLINGTON HIPPODROME 01325 405 405 | DARLINGTONHIPPODROME.CO.UK
27 NOV - 1 DEC HIGH WYCOMBE SWAN 01494 512 000 | WYCOMBESWAN.CO.UK
hot off the press
‘KARA LILY HAYWORTH IS A SUPERSTAR…YOU’LL LAUGH, CRY AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN. CILLA THE MUSICAL IS SIMPLY FLAWLESS’
‘HAS THE AUDIENCE ON ITS FEET, AND DOES HER MEMORY PROUD’
‘A 24 CARAT CELEBRATION OF CILLA BLACK AND HER LASTING LEGACY. EXCILLA-RATING’
PETER GRANT - WIRRAL GLOBE
'KARA LILY HAYWORTH'S PERFORMANCE IS MESMERISING'
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
CILLA KARA LILY HAYWORTH
BOBBY ALEXANDER PATMORE
BRIAN EPSTEIN ANDREW LANCEL
BIG CILLA JAYNE ASHLEY
JOHN WHITE NEIL MacDONALD
JOHNNY HUTCHINSON TOM DUNLEA
PAT BILLIE HARDY
ROSE WILLIS HARRIETTE MULLEN
PAULINE GEMMA BRODRICK-BOWER
RINGO STARR BILL CAPLE
PAUL McCARTNEY/ DENNY DOHERTY JOE ETHERINGTON
KENNY WILLIS TIMOTHY LUCAS
JOHN LENNON MICHAEL HAWKINS
GERRY MARSDEN ALAN HOWELL
ADRIAN BARBER/ JOHN PHILLIPS JAY OSBORNE
GEORGE HARRISON ALEX HARFORD
DANIEL GARY MITCHINSON
BERYL/ SWING CHLOE EDWARDS-WOOD
GEORGE MARTIN TOM SOWINSKI
JOHN GUSTAFSON CHRISTOPHER WEEKS
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
MUSIC PRODUCER AND ORCHESTRAL GARY HICKESON
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