Sheridan is Cilla

Mar 9 2020 | By More

Sheridan Smith to reprise her award-winning TV role as Cilla

Producer Bill Kenwright has confirmed that Sheridan Smith will revisit her award-wining portrayal of the late Cilla Black in Cilla The Musical, written by BAFTA award-winning writer Jeff Pope.

The musical will open at the Liverpool Empire for a four week run from Wednesday 23 September 2020, ahead of a UK tour with dates confirmed for Aylesbury Waterside (opening October 19), Edinburgh Playhouse (opening October 26), Birmingham Alexandra (opening November 2) and Leeds Grand (two weeks from November 9).

Sheridan Smith is to play Cilla Black in the UK tour of Cilla the Musical

Tickets for all dates go on general sale from Tuesday 10 March 2020 at 10 am. There is no pre-sale period for this show.

Sheridan Smith wowed fans and critics alike with her portrayal of the nation’s favourite singer and TV personality in the original ITV series. The portrayal won Smith 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).

spectacular and heart-warming

Cilla The Musical is a spectacular and heart-warming musical adaptation of the TV series. The 2017 debut tour, with Kara Lily Hayworth as Cilla, was nominated Best New Musical in the WhatsOnStage Awards.

The story follows the extraordinary life of an ordinary teenage girl from Liverpool, Priscilla White, and her rocky, yet incredible, rise to fame.

By the age of just 25 she was recognised as international singing star Cilla Black. By 30 she had become Britain’s favourite television entertainer headlining series of Blind Date, Surprise Surprise and many more.

The musical score features the ultimate soundtrack to the 60’s including Cilla’s greatest hits Anyone Who Had a Heart, Alfie and Something Tells Me, alongside a backdrop of the legendary Liverpool Sound.

You can read Martin Gray’s review of the 2017 tour of Cilla the Musical here: ★★★★☆ Mersey hard to beat.


Cilla the Musical
Playhouse, 18 – 22 Greenside Place, EH1 3AA.
Monday 26 – Saturday 31 October 2020
Evenings: 7.30pm; Mats Thurs, Sat: 2.30pm.
Tickets and details: Book here.

Cilla the Musical on tour (confirmed dates):
21 Sept – 17 Oct 2020 Liverpool
08448 713 017 Book online
19 – 24 Oct 2020 Aylesbury
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
08448 717 627 Book online
26 – 31 Oct Edinburgh
0844 871 3014 Book online
2 – 7 Nov 2020 Birmingham
The Alexandra Theatre
0844 871 3011 Book online
9 – 21 Nov 2020 Leeds
Grand Theatre
0844 848 2700 Book online


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