Little Voice Returns in Large Vaudeville West End Production for 2009/ 2010
Posted: 18th August 2009
One of the most charming and emotional British dark dramas returns to the West End in London for a limited run at the Vaudeville Theatre. The dates run from Thursday 8th October until Saturday 30th January 2010 and will star Diana Vickers from X-Factor in the lead role of LV (Little Voice).
The story itself began in 1992 when playwright Jim Cartwright wrote the acclaimed production and saw it directed by Sam Mendes at the National Theatre. Its success grew with the incredible performances by eventual film-version starlet, Jane Horrocks and theatre co-star Alison Steadman and the stage script was adapted for the silver screen in 1998 by Mark Herman. The film starred Michael Caine as talent-scout Ray Say and Brenda Blethyn as LV's controlling embittered mother Mari as well as comedy stalwart Jim Broadbent and eventual Trainspotter, Ewan Macgregor.
The plot remains unchanged for this West End run - LV is a shy agoraphobic girl with an unrivalled talent for mimicry of her favourite singers such as Shirley Bassey and Judy Garland. One day, local club-owner and impresario Ray Say (Mari's iffy boyfriend) hears her singing in her room and decides to push her, against her initial will, into the spotlight and stardom, albeit on a local scale to begin with (based in Scarborough). The play centres around the eventual retreat into her own bubble and refusal to play Ray's promotion game anymore. It is a truly engaging piece of drama and one that will certainly test Diana Vickers' vocal range to the max. She showed her tonsil talent on X-Factor with a wide range of songs such as Cohen's "Hallelujah", "Call Me" by Blondie and the curious choice of "White Flag" by Dido. It should be a fascinating production!
Tickets start at £16 (+ booking, available now) and your nearest tube station is Charing Cross.