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'Cilla the Musical' helping to celebrate Aylesbury Waterside Theatre milestone

'Cilla the Musical' helping to celebrate Aylesbury Waterside Theatre milestone

Published by Dan Gooding at 11:16am 10th March 2020.

Ten years since the star herself opened Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, a musical all about Cilla Black is coming to town.

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre say they are delighted to announce that they will be nostalgically celebrating 10 years since national treasure Cilla Black opened the venue with 'Cilla The Musical' starring none other than Sheridan Smith from Mon 19 - Sat 24 Oct.

The return of Sheridan

Sheridan will revisit her award-winning portrayal of the late Cilla Black to star in Bill Kenwright's stage production, Cilla The Musical, written by BAFTA award?winning writer Jeff Pope.

Sheridan wowed fans and critics alike with her portrayal of the nation's favourite singer and TV personality in Jeff Pope's BAFTA award-winning ITV series.

"Mesmerising… a joy to watch… she really does embody the young Cilla perfectly…"

(Independent)

Her acclaimed portrayal of the British icon won Sheridan 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).

Hailed "The Greatest Theatre Star of her Generation" by The Evening Standard and with nearly two decades of television, film and theatre success, Sheridan Smith is widely considered Britain's favourite actress.

After starting a career in such sitcoms as The Royle Family, Two Pints of Lager, Gavin & Stacey and Benidorm, she starred in Jonathan Creek (2013) and went on to receive acclaim for a succession of television dramas such as Mrs Biggs (2012), Cilla (2014), The C Word (2015), Black Work (2015) and The Moorside (2017).

Sheridan was named Best Actress at the 2013 BAFTA TV Awards for Mrs. Biggs. Theatre credits include her first Olivier Award nomination for Little Shop of Horrors at the Menier Chocolate Factory and her first Olivier Award and WhatsOnStage Award for her role as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde.

Following this, she won an Olivier Award and an Evening Standard Theatre Award for her role of Doris in Flare Path. Ibsen's Hedda Gabler at The Old Vic gave her another WhatsOnStage Best Actress Award. She also enjoyed a hugely celebrated run in the West End as Fanny Bryce in Funny Girl.

Waterside Theatre

Cilla The Musical is a musical adaptation of the TV series.

The 2017 debut tour was met with five?star reviews and standing ovations up and down the UK and was nominated Best New Musical in the WhatsOnStage Awards.

Cilla's story

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 recognized 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".

The show's timely arrival in Aylesbury will be part of the venue's 10th birthday celebrations. Cilla played a huge part in opening the venue, cutting the ribbon to the auditorium doors on opening night and starring in the venue's first pantomime, Cinderella.

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