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CILLA - THE MUSICAL is a spectacular and heart-warming musical adaptation of the critically acclaimed ITV mini-series based on the early life of Cilla Black, 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).

The story follows the extraordinary life of the 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 and would go on to become Britain’s favorite television entertainer headlining series’ of Blind Date, Surprise Surprise and many more.

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, alongside a backdrop of the legendary “Liverpool Sound” including The Beatles’ Twist and Shout, and American influences likeCalifornia Dreamin by The Mamas and The Papas and many more.
KARA LILY HAYWORTH plays Cilla. Following weeks of open auditions at venues up and down the country, Kara fought off thousands of hopefuls to be named as the girl who will step into the Legend’s coveted shoes in the first ever musical about the star’s life. Executive Producer and Cilla’s son, Robert Willis, said of Kara: ‘I knew she was the one my mum would have wanted!’

Running Time

2 hours 25 minutes including 1 interval

Age Advice:

Under 2s will not be admitted.

Standard Pricing
Tue - Sat Evening £27.50 to £46.50
Wed & Thu Matinee £19.50 to £36.50
Sat Matinee £27.50 to £46.50
Executive Members £6 off top two prices at all performances.
Concessions (inc. Under 16s) £5 off each ticket on top two prices excluding Wed and Thu 2pm.
Groups (10+) * £3 off each ticket and one free with every twenty paid. 

*Group Bookings - not available online, please call 02380 711811 to book

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Photo By Matt Martin

Photo By Matt Martin

Photo By Matt Martin

Photo By Matt Martin

Photo By Matt Martin

Kara Lily Hayworth | Cilla

Kara Lily Hayworth | Cilla

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