Home » London Theatre News » Jackie The Musical full cast announced as rehearsals begin…

Jackie The Musical full cast announced as rehearsals begin…

Janet Dibley
Janet Dibley

Written by Mike James, with choreography by Arlene Phillips and directed by Anna Linstrum, JACKIE THE MUSICAL will begin a nationwide tour in Spring 2016 at the Gardyne Theatre in Dundee. Launching in Dundee, the spiritual home of Jackie magazine and location of the first editorial offices, the tour of JACKIE THE MUSICAL is supported by Jackie publishers DC Thomson. Former magazine Editor Nina Myskow joins the production as Editor-in-Chief and consultant, and heads up a brand new digital/online TV channel JACKIE TV.

JACKIE THE MUSICAL opens at the Gardyne Theatre in Dundee on 10 March before visiting Coventry, Bromley, Bradford, Brighton, Edinburgh, Blackpool, Perth, Wycombe, Manchester, Birmingham, Stoke, Wimbledon, Dartford, Malvern, Liverpool, Sunderland, Inverness, Aberdeen and Glasgow.

The musical will star Janet Dibley (The Two of Us/Guys and Dolls) as ‘Jackie’, Nicholas Bailey (The Invisible/EastEnders) as Max and Graham Bickley (Bread/Sunset Boulevard) as John.

Nicholas Bailey
Nicholas Bailey

The cast also includes Daisy Steere as ‘Young Jackie’, Michael Hamway as ‘David’, Sam O’Hanlon as ‘Keith’, Tricia-Adele Turner as ‘Gemma’, Lori Haley Fox as ‘Jill’ and Bob Harms as ‘Frankie’. Gemma Archer, Matthew Barrow, Dominic Adam Griffin, Liam Paul Jennings, Ricky Johnston, Lacy Jordinson, Laura Mullowney, Anna Murray, Gemma Naylor, Adam Philpott, Anthony Starr and Hayley-Jo Whitney complete the cast.

Design is by Tim Shortall, with lighting by Philip Gladwell, musical supervision and arrangements by Ben Goddard, sound by Bobby Aitken and musical direction by Dan de Cruz.

Once there was a time with no mobile phones, no apps, no texting, no e-mails and no twitter. Angst ridden teenage girls waited with bated breath by the letterbox for their weekly issue of Jackie Magazine… unless their big sister got there first! Jackie accompanied millions of girls through their teenage years in the 70s and 80’s, years of boy trouble, ironing hair and problem solving from resident agony aunts, Cathy and Claire. The magazine supported and inspired those girls and, best of all, it was great fun.

Graham Bickley
Graham Bickley

JACKIE THE MUSICAL revisits those heady days, and tells the story of a fifty-something divorcée who revisits her stash of well-thumbed Jackie magazines for the same reason she first read them nearly forty years ago: advice on how best to navigate the opposite sex.

The quizzes, the fashion tips, the ‘do’s and don’ts on a first date’ and above all the Cathy and Claire problem pages are all devoured eagerly by our plucky heroine ‘Jackie’ as she revisits the dizzy world of the teen bible. With her ex and a handsome new guy both on the scene, the valuable lessons she learnt as a girl begin to influence her future and Jackie discovers the one person in control of her life is – her.

Funny and feisty, with a soundtrack featuring the era’s most beloved and memorable hits, including the sounds of Pop Idols Donny Osmond, David Cassidy and Marc Bolan played live on stage, the show promises a whirlwind tour of Planet Seventies and a most fabulous night out!

10-12 March Dundee Gardyne Theatre
15-19 March Coventry Belgrade Theatre
22-26 March Bromley Churchill Theatre
29 March-2 April The Alhambra Theatre Bradford
5-9 April Brighton Theatre Royal
12-16 April Edinburgh Kings Theatre
19-23 April The Grand Theatre Blackpool
26-30 April Perth Concert Hall
10-14 May Wycombe Swan
17-21 May Manchester Opera House
24-28 May Birmingham Alexandra Theatre
31 May-4 June Stoke Regent Theatre
7-11 June New Wimbledon Theatre
14-18 June The Orchard Theatre Dartford
21-25 June Malvern Festival Theatre
28 June-2 July Liverpool Empire
5-9 July Sunderland Empire Theatre
12-16 July Inverness Eden Court
19-23 July His Majesty’s Theatre Aberdeen
26-30 July King’s Theatre Glasgow

JACKIE THE MUSICAL was commissioned by the Gardyne Theatre where the show premiered to critical and public acclaim in Autumn 2013. The 2016 UK tour is produced by The Gardyne Theatre, Arden Entertainment and Sally Wood, supported by DC Thomson.


  • Neil Cheesman

    First becoming involved in an online theatre business in 2005 and launching londontheatre1.com in September 2013. Neil writes reviews and news articles, and has interviewed over 150 actors and actresses from the West End, Broadway, film, television, and theatre. Follow Neil on Twitter @LondonTheatre1

    View all posts
Scroll to Top