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Sheridan Smith to revisit her award-wining TV role in Cilla The Musical at Liverpool Empire and on tour

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

PRODUCERS have confirmed that Sheridan Smith will revisit her award-wining portrayal of the late Cilla Black to star in Bill Kenwright’s stage production of Cilla The Musical.

Written by BAFTA award-winning writer Jeff Pope, it opens at Liverpool Empire for a four week run on September 23, 2020, before touring to Aylesbury, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Leeds.

Smith wowed fans and critics alike with her portrayal of singer and TV personality Cilla Black in Jeff Pope’s BAFTA award-winning ITV series. Her acclaimed portrayal of the British icon won Smith 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).

After starting her career in such sitcoms as The Royle Family, Two Pints of Lager, Gavin & Stacey and Benidorm, Sheridan Smith starred in Jonathan Creek (2013) and went on to receive acclaim for a succession of television dramas such as Mrs Biggs (2012), Cilla (2014), The C Word (2015), Black Work (2015) and The Moorside (2017). She was named Best Actress at the 2013 BAFTA TV Awards for Mrs. Biggs.

Smith’s theatre credits include her first Olivier Award nomination for Little Shop of Horrors at the Menier Chocolate Factory and her first Olivier Award and WhatsOnStage Award for her role as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde. She also won an Olivier Award and an Evening Standard Theatre Award for her role of Doris in Flare Path, while Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler at The Old Vic gave her another WhatsOnStage Best Actress Award. She also enjoyed a hugely celebrated run in the West End as Fanny Bryce in Funny Girl.

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 and was nominated Best New Musical in the WhatsOnStage Awards.

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 favorite 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”.

Directed by Bill Kenwright and Bob Tomson, Cilla The Musical is designed by Gary McCann, with lighting design by Nick Richings, sound design by Dan Samson and musical direction by Scott Alder.