Written and directed by Jim Cartwright, the Olivier Award-winning The Rise and Fall of Little Voice makes its way to the Belgrade starring Beverley Callard and Ray Quinn from Tues 28 May to Sat 1 June.
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. Other TV credits include Flo Henshaw in the popular BBC Three sitcom Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, Hinge and Bracket, Dear Ladies, Hells Bells, Will You Love Me Tomorrow and The Practise.
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 in 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 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.
The cast also includes Jess Robinson as Little Voice, Duggie Brown as Mr Boo, Simon Thorp as Ray Say and Sally Plumb as Sadie.
The Rise and Fall of Little Voice was made into a hugely successful film in 1998 starring Jane Horrocks, Brenda Blethyn, Ewan McGregor, Jim Broadbent and Michael Caine. The film received a variety of prestigious award nominations including six BAFTAs, three Golden Globes and an Academy Award, to name a few.
Tickets for The Rise and Fall of Little Voice are available now from the box office on 024 7655 3055 priced from £15.75 to £30 or via www.belgrade.co.uk where cheaper tickets are available.