UK Tour of LITTLE VOICE to Launch in Guildford, 31 Aug - Starring Corrie's Beverley Callard

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Written and directed by Jim Cartwright, the Olivier Award-winning THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE will begin a national tour at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre on Friday 31 August, with opening night on Tuesday 4 September. The show stars Beverley Callard as 'Mari Hoff', Ray Quinn as 'Billy', Joe McGann as 'Ray Say', Duggie Brown as 'Mr Boo' and Jess Robinson as 'Little Voice'.

In this heart-warming northern fairytale, shy Little Voice spends most of her time immersed in her late Father's record collection and perfecting her astonishing impersonations, much to the dismay of her fun loving, out of control mother Mari. Overheard singing by Ray Say, a hapless talent scout and Mari's man of the moment, Little Voice is propelled to stardom as Ray sets about creating the show of the century in a dingy local working man's club. With an agent from London coming and everything counting on this one performance, Mari and Ray's ticket to the big time rests squarely on Little Voice's shoulders. But has anyone asked Little Voice what she wants?

Featuring songs from some of the world's most iconic divas including Marilyn Monroe, Shirley Bassey and Judy Garland, this is a night of star-filled magic to remember.

Beverley Callard is best known as Coronation Street's 'Liz McDonald', a role she played for over 21 years. She made her television debut in 1983 as 'Angie Richards' in the ITV'S "Emmerdale Farm", and the following year played the role of 'June Dewhurst' in "Coronation Street." In 1989 Beverley returned to "Coronation Street", this time as 'Liz McDonald', and went on to become one of the Rover's Return's most iconic landladies. In 2001 Beverley was cast as 'Flo Henshaw' in the popular BBC Three sitcom "Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps', a role she went on to play for four years. Other television credits include roles in "Hinge and Bracket", "Dear Ladies", "Hells Bells", "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" and "The Practise". In 2010 Beverley was also a recurring panelist on ITV's flagship daytime show "Loose Women".

Ray Quinn began his career in Channel 4's "Brookside" playing 'Anthony Murray', for which he won numerous awards including Best Dramatic Performance at the Soap Awards 2002. Ray is also well known as a finalist on ITV's award-winning reality programme 'The X Factor' in 2006, in which he came second to Leona Lewis. He has since had a No.1 platinum selling album 'Doing It My Way' and his own sell-out tour as well as appearing on the X-Factor tour in 32 arena shows all over the UK. In 2009 Ray took part in and won ITV's 'Dancing On Ice', and in 2011 he also competed in the winning team on ITV's primetime show 'Sing If You Can.' Ray's West End credits include 'Billy Kostecki' in "Dirty Dancing" at the Aldwych Theatre and 'Danny' in "Grease" at The Piccadilly Theatre. Other theatre includes "Buster" at The Playhouse Theatre, "Me and My Girl" at The Empire Theatre and "Peter Pan" at The Neptune Theatre. Film credits include "Bulletproof" and "The Singing Cactus", and television credits include "Mersey Beat" and "Doctors".

Joe McGann is perhaps best know as 'Charlie Burrows' in the ITV comedy series "The Upper Hand", a role he played for six years. On television Joe has also appeared as 'Alex Wells' in the ITV soap "Night and Day". Joe's many stage credits include "Tom, Dick and Harry" at the Duke of York's Theatre, 'Grimes' in "The Water Babies" at Chichester Festival Theatre, 'Nathan Detroit' in the UK Tour of "Guys and Dolls", 'Tevye' in the UK Tour of Fiddler on the Roof, and most recently 'John' in the UK Tour of "Calendar Girls".

Duggie Brown is an actor and comedian whose career spans five decades. Best known for starring in the Granada Television series "The Comedians", his many other television credits include "The House That Jack Built", "The Enigma Files", "Take My Wife", "The Glamour Girls", "Brookside", "Coronation Street", "Heartbeat", "The Bill", "Minder", "Ellington", "The House of Cards", "Doctors", "A is for Acid", "Fat Friends", "EastEnders" and "Hotel Babylon". On film Duggie has appeared in the iconic Ken Loach film "Kes".

Jess Robinson is an actress, singer and impressionist. As an impressionist Jess has appeared in BBC2's "Dead Ringers", ITV1's "It's Paul Burling", is a series regular on BBC1's "The Impressions Show", and provides many of the female impressions for ITV's "Headcases". Jess has also appeared as an accent expert on the BBC's flagship children's show "Blue Peter". Theatre credits include 'Martine' in "Full Circle", in which she starred opposite Joan Collins, and 'Ophelia' in "Hamlet - The Musical!" at Richmond Theatre. Jess is also no stranger to the role of 'Little Voice' having previously played the role at London's Courtyard Theatre. Radio credits include "The Now Show", "15 Minute Musical" and "The Secret World", all for Radio 4.

The UK National Tour of THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE is written and directed by Jim Cartwright, with scenic design by Morgan Large, lighting design by Tony Award Nominee Jason Taylor and sound design by Andy Johnson.

 

2012 NATIONAL TOUR DATES

 

FRIDAY 31 AUGUST – SATURDAY 8 SEPTEMBER 2012

GUILDFORD Yvonne Arnaud Theatre

Box Office 01483 44 00 00 www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk

ON SALE NOW

 

MONDAY 10 – SATURDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 2012

SCARBOROUGH FUTURIST THEATRE

Box Office 01723 365789 | www.futuristtheatre.co.uk

ON SALE NOW

 

MONDAY 17 – SATURDAY 22 SEPTEMBER 2012

THE ORCHARD THEATRE, KENT

Box Office 01322 220000 | www.orchardtheatre.co.uk

ON SALE NOW

 

MONDAY 24 – SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER 2012

WOLVERHAMPTON GRAND THEATRE

Box Office 01902 42 92 12 | www.grandtheatre.info

ON SALE NOW

 

MONDAY 1 OCTOBER – SATURDAY 6 OCTOBER 2012

NOTTINGHAM THEATRE ROYAL

Box Office 0115 989 5555 www.trch.co.uk

ON SALE NOW

 

MONDAY 8 – SATURDAY 13 OCTOBER 2012

MALVERN FESTIVAL THEATRE

Box Office 01684 892277 | www.malvern-theatres.co.uk

ON SALE NOW

 

MONDAY 15 – SATURDAY 20 OCTOBER 2012

EDINBURGH KING'S THEATRE

Box Office 0131 529 6000 | www.fctt.org.uk

ON SALE NOW

 

MONDAY 22 – SATURDAY 27 OCTOBER 2012

INVERNESS EDEN COURT THEATRE

Box Office 01463 234 234 www.eden-court.co.uk

ON SALE NOW

 

MONDAY 29 OCTOBER – SATURDAY 3 NOVEMBER 2012

BRADFORD ALHAMBRA THEATRE

Box Office 01274 432 000 | www.bradford-theatres.co.uk

ON SALE NOW

 

MONDAY 5 NOVEMBER – SATURDAY 10 NOVEMBER 2012

EASTBOURNE, CONGRESS THEATRE

Box Office 01323 412000 | www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk

ON SALE NOW

 

MONDAY 19 NOVEMBER – SATURDAY 24 NOVEMBER 2012

BLACKPOOL GRAND THEATRE

Box Office 01253 743338 | www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk

ON SALE NOW

 

MONDAY 26 NOVEMBER – SATURDAY 1 DECEMBER 2012

SHEFFIELD LYCEUM THEATRE

Box Office 0114 249 6000 www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

ON SALE SOON

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