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Closed January 30, 2010

"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

Daily Telegraph

Why See The Rise & Fall of Little Voice?


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.

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Previews from: 8 October 2009

Opening night: 20 October 2009


The Rise and Fall of Little Voice is suitable for audiences aged 12 and above.

Run time

2 hours and 30 minutes with a 15 minute intermission.

Cast and Creative


Diana Vickers as LV (Little Voice)
Lesley Sharp as Mari
Marc Warren as Ray Say
Rachel Lumbert as Sadie
James Cartwright as Billy
Tim Parker as Phone man/Manolito the Drummer
Tony Haygarth as Mr Boo


Book by Jim Cartwright
Produced by Nica Burns
Directed by Terry Johnson
Design by Lez Brotherston
Lighting Design by Mark Henderson
Sound Design Ian Dickinson
Musical supervisor, Nigel Lilley

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