The UK National Tour of The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice is coming to Tunbridge Wells

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By kentsussex | Thursday, October 11, 2012, 16:08


Written and directed by Jim Cartwright, the Olivier Award-winning THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE will play at The Assembly Hall Theatre from 4 February to 9 February 2013 starring Beverley Callard as 'Mari Hoff', Ray Quinn as 'Billy' and introducing 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".

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.

The Assembly Hall Theatre

Crescent Road

Tunbridge Wells

Kent TN1 1RS

Box office 01892 530613/ 532072

Mon 4 - Sat 9 Feb

Mon - Sat evenings at 7.30pm

Wed & Sat matinees at 7.30pm

Ticket prices

Opening night & matinees: £22.50 all

Tue - Thu 7.30pm: £25.50  £23.50  £22.50RV

Fri & Sat 7.30pm: £29.50  £27.50  £23.50RV



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