Cilla – Open auditions!


The search for the next big musical theatre star is on as producers of Cilla – The Musical confirm open auditons will begin around the country in May. The auditions will start in Liverpool before taking in Edinburgh, Birmingham and London in a bid to find their leading lady.

Producers are looking for a charismatic and talented actress with a great voice to portray the title role, starting in Cilla’s hometown of Liverpool.  The dates and locations for the auditions are as below:

Tuesday 2 May                               Liverpool Empire

Monday 8 May                               Edinburgh Playhouse

Tuesday 9 May                               Birmingham New Alexandra Theatre

Friday 12 May                                 London Dominion Theatre


Robert Willis (Executive Producer and Cilla’s son), said: “My Mum Ioved singing and performing ever since she was a young girl and she was determined to do what she loved. Having performed at the clubs around Liverpool, including the famous Cavern Club, she got her big break when Brian Epstein spotted her and signed her. It was the start of everything that was to follow. She was a natural born performer who lived to entertain her audience. We are hoping to find that person who also dreams big and has the talent to match but just needs the chance to show it. We can’t wait to meet you!”

The new production which is a 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) will open in her hometown at the Liverpool Empire from Thursday 7 – 16 September before embarking on a nationwide tour. 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.

Cilla – The Musical is produced by Bill Kenwright and Laurie Mansfield, alongside Executive Producer Robert Willis.



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 7646


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


More tour dates to be confirmed soon.


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