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Kara Lily Hayworth Has Been Announced In Main Role For ‘Cilla – The Musical’


Following weeks of open auditions at venues up and down the country – the producers of Cilla the Musical have found their star. Kara Lily Hayworth has 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.

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). The new musical, opens in Cilla’s hometown at the Liverpool Empire from Thursday 7th – 16th September before embarking on a nationwide tour.

Kara queued for four hours at London’s Dominion Theatre to have her chance to audition in the first rounds. She made it through to the final 30 before being chosen to do her final audition at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

Robert Willis said, ‘We wanted somebody who wasn’t going to impersonate my mum but someone who could capture her spirit. Kara came in with her huge personality and amazing voice – when I saw the response of the audience at the Cavern, I knew we’d found her!”

Originally from Watford, Kara trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She recently performed in Secret Cinema’s Moulin Rouge and this will be her first leading role in a big new musical…and her first time on tour!

She said  “When I was 11 I was shopping out with my mum and bumped into Cilla and asked her for an autograph. I told her I wanted to be an actress – she laughed and said ‘It’s a tough industry, but if you really work hard and go for it, you’ll be just fine.’ She was a huge inspiration to me as a child; I grew up watching her on Blind Date every Saturday night with my Nan. To be chosen to play her is such an honor and I’m so excited to take on the role. To open in her hometown of Liverpool is so special and a real privilege.”

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. By the age of 30 she had become Britain’s favorite television entertainer headlining series’ of Blind Date, Surprise Surprise and many more.

The musical score will be 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 like California Dreamin by The Mamas and The Papas and many more.

Tour Dates

Liverpool Empire Theatre   

7 – 16 September

0844 871 3017


Edinburgh Playhouse

19 – 23 September

0844 871 3014


Milton Keynes Theatre          

26 – 30 September    

0844 871 7627


Mayflower Theatre, Southampton    

3 – 7 October

023 8071 1811


New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham  

10 – 14 October

0844 871 3011


Blackpool, Opera House

17 – 21 October

0844 856 1111


New Theatre, Cardiff   

31 October – 4 November

029 2087 8889


New Wimbledon Theatre

7 – 11 November

0844 871 7627


Regent Theatre, Stoke   

14 – 18 November

0844 871 7649


Palace Theatre, Manchester   

21 – 25 November

0844 871 3019


Bradford, Alahambra Theatre

28 November – 2 December     

01274 432 000


Dartford Orchard Theatre

16 – 20 January      

01322 220 000


York, Grand Opera House

23 – 27 January  

0844 871 3024


Glasgow, Kings Theatre

30 January – 3 February

0844 871 3024


Oxford, New Theatre

13 – 17 February

0844 871 3020


Derngate Theatre, Northampton

20 – 24 February

01604 624 811


Newcastle, Theatre Royal

27 February – 3 March

0844 811 2121


Bristol Hippordrome

13 – 17 March

0844 871 7627


Woking, New Theatre

20 – 24 March

844 871 7645


More tour dates to be confirmed soon.

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