Sheridan Smith is to revisit her award-winning TV role as Cilla in the hit stage musical adaptation. The musical will open at the Liverpool Empire on 23rd September 2020, ahead of a UK tour to Aylesbury, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Leeds.
Cilla the Musical tour will see Sheridan Smith revisit her award-winning portrayal of the late Cilla Black. Written by BAFTA award-winning writer Jeff Pope, Bill Kenwright’s stage production will open at the Liverpool Empire for a four-week residency ahead of a tour taking in Aylesbury, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Leeds. Cilla the Musical tickets go on sale at 10am Tuesday 10 March.
The story follows the extraordinary life of an ordinary teenage girl from Liverpool, Priscilla White, and her rocky, yet incredible, rise to fame. By the age of just 25 she was recognized as international singing star Cilla Black. By 30 she had become Britain’s favourite television entertainer headlining series of Blind Date, Surprise Surprise and many more. The musical score features the ultimate soundtrack to the 60’s including Cilla’s greatest hits Anyone Who Had a Heart, Alfie and Something Tells Me, alongside a backdrop of the legendary “Liverpool Sound”.
Cilla the Musical is a spectacular and heart-warming musical adaptation of the TV series. The 2017 debut tour was met with five-star reviews and standing ovations up and down the UK.
Sheridan wowed fans and critics alike with her portrayal of the nation’s favourite singer and TV personality in Jeff Pope’s BAFTA award-winning ITV series. “Mesmerising… a joy to watch… she really does embody the young Cilla perfectly…” (Independent). Her acclaimed portrayal of the British icon won Sheridan both a 2015 National TV Award and a 2015 TV Choice Award, and went on to see her nominated for a BAFTA (2015) and a second international EMMY Award (2015).
Cilla the Musical is produced by Laurie Mansfield and Bill Kenwright who also co-directs with Bob Tomson. The acclaimed musical is designed by Gary McCann, has lighting by Nick Richings and sound by Dan Samson with musical direction by Scott Adler.
Wed 23 Sep – Sat 17 Oct 2020
AYLESBURY, Waterside Theatre
Mon 19 Oct – Sat 24 Oct 2020
Mon 26 Oct – Sat 31 Oct 2020
BIRMINGHAM, The Alexandra
Mon 9 Nov – Sat 21 Nov 2020
LEEDS, Grand Theatre
Mon 2 Nov – Sat 7 Nov 2020
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Sheridan Smith – Cilla Black
Hailed “The Greatest Theatre Star of her Generation” by The Evening Standard and with nearly two decades of television, film and theatre success, Sheridan Smith is widely considered Britain’s favourite actress.
After starting a career in such sitcoms as The Royle Family, Two Pints of Lager, Gavin & Stacey and Benidorm, she starred in Jonathan Creek (2013) and went on to receive acclaim for a succession of television dramas such as Mrs Biggs (2012), Cilla (2014), Th
Sheridan was named Best Actress at the 2013 BAFTA TV Awards for Mrs. Biggs.
Further casting to be announced.