Booking from: Saturday, 13 January 2018
Booking until: Wednesday, 15 May 2019
It's spectacular. It's packed with beautiful tunes from the 1960s, including several of Cilla's own. It's heart-warming stuff, the story of an ordinary girl whose career turned out to be anything but ordinary. And it's touring the nation scoring hits wherever it goes, a sheer delight of a musical.
Cilla The Musical is based on the critically acclaimed ITV television series created by the respected Bafta Award winner, Jeff Pope. It reveals the extraordinary tale of the red-headed teen from Liverpool whose dreams of stardom saw her become a national treasure, one of the country's greatest and best-loved entertainers.
How did Cilla's story begin? A young John Lennon introduced her to Brian Epstein and the rest is history - Priscilla White’s life changed forever, and it happened fast. By just 25 years old she was already a singer and TV star, a number one selling artist with a place at the forefront of the UK's swinging music scene.
The musical score for the show is a legendary soundtrack to the '60s, playing out all of Cilla's best-loved tunes including Anyone Who Had a Heart, Alfie and Something Tells Me. Plus there are loads of 1960s classics from bands like The Beatles and the Mamas and The Papas.
The show is directed by Bill Kenwright and Bob Tomson. The executive producer is Robert Willis, who also happens to be Cilla's eldest son. Writer Jeff Pope has adapted his screenplay for the theatre, the final project Cilla gave her blessings to before she died in 2015 aged 72. Apparently Pope hadn’t written a book for a musical before, so he and Willis spent a lot of time exploring the musical genre as well as visiting Liverpool.
Kara Lily Hayworth plays Cilla. She trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and recently appeared in Secret Cinema’s hugely popular Moulin Rouge. She won the role of Cilla after a string of auditions across the country designed to find the perfect actress for the role. This is her first big musical role and her first time on tour.
Cilla, a modest woman, was excited about plans for the musical but found it hard to imagine why anybody would be interested in her life story. Audiences know different - she was a wonderful pop singer with a real passion for singing, but she also made a superb TV host. If you loved Cilla on TV or in the charts, and would enjoy the fascinating story behind the star, don't miss it.