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Ended 30 Jan 2010 after 3 months
"What's remarkable about encountering Diana Vickers for the first time on stage is that it turns out that she can act as well as sing, and more than hold her own in the company of seasoned professionals...Popular theatre doesn't come much better than this."
The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Jim Cartwright's 1992 play which won both The Evening Standard and Oliver Awards for Best Comedy in 1992, was created, in part, to showcase Jane Horrocks's astonishing talent for vocal impersonations. In this spectacular revival by director Terry Johnson (La Cage aux Folles, Rain Man, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest), the title role is played by X-Factor finalist Diana Vickers who makes her West End debut. Award- winning actress Lesley Sharp (TV's Clocking Off and Bob and Rose) plays Little Voice's mother and the charismatic Marc Warren (BBC's Hustle and Life on Mars) plays the sleazy Ray Say.
Little Voice is a shy, reclusive north-country girl who spends most of her time in her room, playing her beloved late father's old LP records, and impersonating the divas like Shirley Bassey, Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland and Cilla Black. When her remarkable talent for pitch-perfect imitation is discovered by sly talent agent Ray Say, he thinks she is his ticket to success. LV thinks that this is her ticket to a better life and stars working at a local working men's club. Stardom awaits, as well as a chance at a new life, free from her out-of-control, man-consuming mother. LV tries, but realises that all she wants is to be loved, to be normal and to be true to herself.
Previews from: 8 October 2009
Opening night: 20 October 2009
Closing night: 30 January 2010
The Rise and Fall of Little Voice is suitable for audiences aged 12 and above.
2 hours and 30 minutes with a 15 minute intermission.
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