Son of a Preacher Man today announces that EastEnders and Coronation Street star Ian Reddington
will create the role of Simon in this heart-warming new musical, joining Diana Vickers and Debra
Stephenson in the 2017 tour.
Featuring the soulful music of Dusty Springfield, with a book by Warner Brown and directed and
choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood, Son of a Preacher Man embarks on a national tour starting
at Bromley’s Churchill Theatre from Monday 4 September 2017.
Three broken hearts, one Soho hang-out, and the only man who could ever help them…
Welcome to the Preacher Man, the swinging 1960s Soho joint where the kids danced the night away
to the latest crazes and dared to dream of love, while the legendary owner, the Preacher Man himself,
dispensed advice to cure the loneliest of hearts.
Only, that was a long time ago and all that remains are the memories, the stories and the myths. Until
now, that is, when three random strangers, generations apart but all in need of help with their
hopeless love lives, are inexplicably drawn to the site of the original venue. The Preacher Man is long
gone, but his son, with help from the wonderful Cappuccino Sisters, might just find it in himself
to channel the spirit of the Preacher Man and once more give these three lovesick strangers the look
Featuring the greatest hits of Dusty Springfield, including “The Look Of Love”, “I Only Want To Be With
You”, “Spooky” and of course, the classic “Son Of A Preacher Man”, this sparklingly funny and sweetly
touching new musical by internationally renowned writer Warner Brown will have you laughing,
crying and singing your heart out to some of the greatest songs ever written.
Ian Reddington is best known for playing Tricky Dicky in EastEnders and Vernon in Coronation Street,
with other roles in popular TV programmes including the Outlander series, Dr Who, Shameless,
Benidorm, Inspector Morse, Robin Hood, Outlander, The Queen’s Nose and The Dumping Ground. On
stage, Ian has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company and has toured the UK with Bouncers,
Dead Funny and Oh What a Lovely War. His film credits include cult film Highlander.
Debra Stephenson is known for her long running roles in Coronation Street and Bad Girls, whilst her
entertainment credits include The Friday Night Project, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Strictly Come Dancing
Christmas Special, Comic Relief Does Fame Academy and Let’s Dance For Sports Relief. As a comedic
impressionist she is best known as star of BBC One’s The Impressions Show, with her other credits
including BBC Radio 4’s Dead Ringers as well ITV’s Newzoids.
Diana Vickers first came to public attention as a semi-finalist on the X Factor and has made her
professional acting debut in the title role of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice in 2009 (West End,
Vaudeville Theatre). Since then her theatre credits have included The Duck House (West End,
Vaudeville Theatre), Hatched ‘n’ Dispatched (Park Theatre), The Rocky Horror Show (UK Tour). Her film
and television credits include The Perfect Wave, Awaiting, To Dream, Give Out Girls and Top Coppers.
Warner Brown works internationally and is well known for his work in musical theatre and straight
plays, encompassing both traditional and avant-garde forms.
He wrote ‘the most popular family show of all time’, the arena production Walking With Dinosaurs,
creating an entirely new genre of theatrical presentation and winning many international awards.
Currently playing in venues from Madison Square Garden to the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, an
episode of CSI: Las Vegas has been based upon the show and it has even been parodied on The
Warner is currently working on multiple developing projects, including the Broadway musicals The
Gold Room and The Thomas Crown Affair, both with composer Michael Feinstein; the opera Empty
Spaces, with composer Joshua Schmidt, for Florentine Opera in the USA; the musical A Little Danger,
with composer Michael Reed, for the St Petersburg Theatre in Russia; and the screenplay for the movie
A Minute To Midnight for Bill Kenwright Films. He is part of the consortium, including choreographer
Arlene Phillips and musical director Mike Dixon, for the new internet based project Reality.
Writing credits include Half A Sixpence (UK Tour), The Biograph Girl (Phoenix Theatre), Cinderella
(London Palladium), The Black and White Ball, which opened in London and for which The Cole Porter
Trusts granted Warner stage rights to the songs of Cole Porter, Flickers (Broadway’s Circle-In-The
Square Theater), The House on the Corner (Edinburgh International Festival) and, in addition, Tallulah
For A Day and Sleep With Friends. Plays include Laughing Dove, Wavelength and The Prospero Suite,
directed by John Doyle.
Warner has worked extensively in Europe, most recently writing the musical Garbo, with music by
‘Meatloaf’ rock legend Jim Steinman. He also has extensive writing credits for the BBC and was Script
Associate of the BBC Classic Musicals Series, for which he adapted fourteen musicals featuring many
international stars. Warner was the subject of the BBC Two TV documentary The Making Of A Musical.
Warner is co-sponsor of the international music prize The S&S Award, named in honour of his late
Craig Revel Horwood is a well-known face on television in the UK and now internationally for his role
as a judge on all fifteen series of BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing and for directing and appearing as
a judge in the Live Tour.
Craig’s recent credits as director and choreographer include the current UK tour of Sister Act, the
previous UK tours Brother Love Travelling Salvation Show and Chess; for television, How Do You Solve
a Problem Like Maria? and Just the Two of Us; and for film, the feature film Paddington 2. In addition,
he recently directed the all-star concert version of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies at the Royal Albert Hall.
Other credits as a theatre director and choreographer are: West Side Story (Prince Edward), Miss
Saigon (Drury Lane), Hey, Mr Producer! (Lyceum), Spend Spend Spend! (Piccadilly Theatre; Olivier
nomination for Best Choreography), Pal Joey (Chichester Festival Theatre), Guys and Dolls (Sheffield
Crucible), Paradise Moscow (Opera North), Carmen (Holland Park), My One and Only (Piccadilly
Theatre; Olivier nomination for Best Choreography), Beautiful and Damned (Lyric Theatre), Arms and
the Cow (Opera North), The Ballet Boyz: Yumbo Vs Nonino (Festival Hall, Sadler’s Wells, Royal Opera
House, Covent Garden), The Hot Mikado (Watermill Theatre and UK Tour; Martin Guerre (Watermill
3 Theatre), Sunset Boulevard (Watermill Theatre and Comedy Theatre, West End), Spend Spend Spend!
(Watermill Theatre and UK Tour) and Copacabana (Watermill Theatre).
He recently returned to his roots as a performer in musical theatre, starring as Miss Hannigan in the
UK national tour of Annie, and in Christmas 2016 as Captain Hook in Peter Pan at the Churchill Theatre,
Bromley. Other performing credits include Captain Hook in Peter Pan at the Orchard, Dartford in 2014
and at the Swan, High Wycombe in 2015. Previously, Craig starred as the Wicked Queen in Snow White
at Venue Cymru, Llandudno in 2009, The Hawth, Crawley in 2010 and The Orchard, Dartford 2011. He
reprised his role at The Swan Theatre, High Wycombe in 2012 and the Cliffs Pavilion, Southend in
Amongst his numerous TV credits, highlights include winning the BBC Two series Maestro at the
Opera, the final of which saw him conduct Act II of La Bohème at the Royal Opera House. He was also
a grand finalist on the hit cooking show, Celebrity MasterChef and participated in and won Ready,
Casting for the 2018 tour will be announced in due course.