Cilla The Musical – Full Casting Release





Andrew LancelAndrew Lancel and Carl Au join the cast of Cilla the Musical written by BAFTA® award winning Jeff Pope. The msucial will head to Blackpool’s Opera House this October for one week only from Tuesday 17 – Saturday 21 October 2017.


Bill Kenwright’s new musical features: Andrew Lancel (Brian Epstein); Carl Au (Bobby); Amy Bridges (Rose Willis); Gemma Brodrick-Bower (Pauline); Paul Broughton (John White); Bill Caple (Ringo Starr); Tom Christian (Kenny Willis); Tom Dunlea (Hutch); Pauline Fleming (Big Cilla); Joshua Gannon (Paul McCartney); Billie Hardy (Pat); and Michael Hawkins (John Lennon).





They join the previously announced Kara Lily Hayworth as Cilla, who beat thousands of hopefuls in nationwide open auditions for the coveted role.

Kara Lily Hayworth HeadshotThe musical reunites Tom Dunlea, Michael Hawkins and Gemma Brodrick-Bower, all of whom starred in Jeff Pope’s original ITV mini-series Cilla, on which the musical is based. It also reunites Andrew Lancel with the role of Epstein, which he played on stage to great critical acclaim in Epstein – The Man Who Made The Beatles. Andrew is best known to TV audiences as super-villain Frank Foster in Coronation Street and as DI Neil Manson in the long-running ITV television series The Bill.



The legendary Merseybeat sound is authentically performed live on stage by the cast who are completed by: Alan Howell; Jay Osbourne; Alex Harford; Will Kinnon; Jenny Murphy; Tom Sowinski; and Christopher Weeks.



CILLA – THE MUSICAL is the spectacular and heart-warming musical adaptation of the critically acclaimed hit ITV television series by Bafta-Award winner Jeff Pope (The Moorside, Philomena, From The Cradle To The Grave, Mrs Biggs and the acclaimed Little Boy Blue which had ITV audiences glued to their screens). It tells the extraordinary story of the ordinary girl from Liverpool whose teenage dreams of stardom lead her to becoming one of Britain’s best-loved entertainers of all time.



It’s an introduction by a young John Lennon to music mogul Brian Epstein that changes Priscilla White’s life forever. By the age of just 25 she would be known as singer and TV Star Cilla Black, Number One selling artist and at the fore-front of the Brit-Pop music scene. The musical score is the ultimate soundtrack to the 60’s including Cilla’s greatest hits Anyone Who Had a Heart, Alfie and Something Tells Me, Twist and Shout by the Beatles, California Dreamin by The Mamas and The Papas’ and many more.


Tickets are now available to Cilla the Musical from £27.50 from or by phone on 0844 856 1111 or from box office.


  • Karen lawson

    Brilliant show, came on Tues 17th October enjoyed every minute, cilla& the cast where fantastic, would recommended anyone to come& see it.

  • joyce kearton

    just got home from seeing cilla , fantastic thankyou xxx joyce

  • Di Nicholson

    Just been to see Cilla the musical, it was amazing, it was very emotional, I go to see many musicals, this is up there with the best.

  • Gwyneth Millar

    I have just been to see Cilla the Musical in Chester. What a brilliant show. The cast were absolutely superb,the musicians were second to none and the leading lady Kara Lily Haworth was totally awesum. I have seen many musicals over the years and this is up there with the best of them.

    Well done to all of the performers, you have made an old girl very happy xxx

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