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Cilla - The Musical comes to Bromley

PUBLISHED: 07:00 21 August 2018

Kara Lily Hayworth stars as Cilla. Picture: Churchill Theatre

Kara Lily Hayworth stars as Cilla. Picture: Churchill Theatre

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After a sensational debut across the country, Cilla - The Musical is back for an autumn tour opening at Rhyl Pavilion on August 21 and coming to Churchill Theatre Bromley from September 11 – 15.

Continuing with her phenomenal portrayal of the nation’s sweetheart is Kara Lily Hayworth as Cilla, who beat thousands of hopefuls in the nationwide open auditions for the coveted role.

Andrew Lancel will also be returning with his unrivalled depiction of the iconic Brain Epstein.

They’ll be welcoming Alexander Patmore in the role of the devoted Bobby Willis.

“It’s amazing to play Cilla,” said Kara.

“She’s such an icon.

“When people come to stage door and share their memories of her, it reminds me how special it is and how much it means for me to portray someone who had such an influence on their lives.”

When asked what her favourite song from the musical is, Kara said ‘Anyone who had a Heart’ would have to be it.

She said: “That was Cilla’s first number one and always goes down well with the audience.”

The show is a spectacular and heart-warming musical adaptation of the critically acclaimed ITV mini-series based on the early life of Cilla Black.

“When I was growing up, I knew Cilla from ‘Blind Date’ and things like that, I didn’t know much about her singing career,” said Kara.

When asked why Cilla was and remains such an icon, Kara said: “I think she had this way of making people fall in love with her.

“She was so down-to-earth and was so talented, from her singing to presenting to anything else.”

To adopt a Cilla person for the shows, Kara said she likes to watch interviews of Cilla.

“When I was first rehearsing I would watch interviews and identify her mannerisms and voice.”

Kara also got to meet Cilla when she was younger.

“I met her when I was really young, at a clothes shop.

“I played Annie opposite Paul O’Grady who was one of her friends - I told her I wanted to be a performer when I grew up and she told me that it was very tough.”

Kara said she loves playing Cilla and that the audiences’ reactions are always “amazing.”

“Touring’s great. Going to a different theatre every week with different audiences keeps the show fresh.

“This is the first time I’ve toured a production for this long, so it’s been a new experience.

“But it’s lovely because you become a real family with the cast.”

When asked what audiences can expect from the show, Kara said: “All of the amazing songs, and we have The Beatles!

“More than all that though, it’s ultimately just a beautiful love story and it’s a beautifully written script - I think anyone would absolutely love it.”

Kara said the story shows several sides to Cilla: “one thing I didn’t realise was just how ambitious she was, the show really demonstrates that.

“She didn’t let anyone stand in her way and you see that side of her.”

Kara is excited to come to Bromley, as it’s the closest place to London the show is going to.

“I’ll have lots of family and friends coming to watch when the show comes to Bromley!” she said.

The cast is completed by: Jayne Ashley (Big Cilla), Neil Macdonald (John White), Gemma Brodrick-Bower (Pauline), Bill Caple (Ringo Starr), Tom Dunlea (Johnny Hutchinson), Chloe Edwards-Wood (Beryl), Billie Hardy (Pat), Alex Harford (George Harrison), Michael Hawkins (John Lennon), Alan Howell (Gerry Marsden), Timothy Lucas (Kenny Willis), Gary Mitchinson (Daniel), Harriette Mullen (Rose Willis), Jay Osbourne (Adrian Barber), Tom Sowinski (George Martin) and Christopher Weeks (John Gustafson).

Cilla = The Musical is coming to Churchill Theatre from September 11 - 15.

Tickets are available at https://churchilltheatre.co.uk/Online/tickets-cilla-bromley-2018.

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