After much speculation, producers have confirmed that Sheridan Smith will revisit her award-winning portrayal of the late Cilla Black to star in Bill Kenwright’s stage production, Cilla The Musical, written by BAFTA award-winning writer Jeff Pope.
The musical will open at the Liverpool Empire for a 4-week residency commencing 23rd September 2020, ahead of a UK tour to Aylesbury, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Leeds. Tickets go on sale 10th March at 10 am.
Sheridan wowed fans and critics alike with her portrayal of the nation’s favorite 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).
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), The C Word (2015), Black Work (2015) and The Moorside (2017). Sheridan was named Best Actress at the 2013 BAFTA TV Awards for Mrs. Biggs.
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. Following this, she won an Olivier Award and an Evening Standard Theatre Award for her role of Doris in Flare Path. 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.
BILL KENWRIGHT & LAURIE MANSFIELD
CILLA THE MUSICAL
BY JEFF POPE
DIRECTED BY BILL KENWRIGHT AND BOB TOMSON
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: ROBERT WILLIS
DESIGN: GARY MCCANN
LIGHTING DESIGN: NICK RICHINGS SOUND DESIGN: DAN SAMSON
MUSICAL DIRECTION: SCOTT ALDER
UK TOUR DATES
Liverpool Empire Theatre
w/c 21 September, w/c 28 September, 0844 871 3017
w/c 5 October & w/c 12 October
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
w/c 19 October 0844 871 7607
Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre
w/c 26 October 0844 871 3014
Birmingham Alexandra Theatre
w/c 2 November 0844 871 3011
Leeds Grand Theatre
w/c 9 November & w/c 16 November 0844 848 2700