Karen Mav will share the role of Effie White
Karen Mav will share the role of Effie White

Further casting has been announced for the role of Effie White in Dreamgirls.

Opening at the Savoy Theatre in November, Ruth Brown and Karen Mav will rotate performances on Wednesday evenings, playing the role of Effie White for one performance per week between them. The actresses join the previously announced Amber Riley who will star in the role for seven performances a week.

Brown found fame in the first series of BBC's The Voice, reaching the semi-finals under the mentorship of Tom Jones, whilst Mav was a contestant on the 2015 series of The X Factor.

Further casting for the production is still to be announced.

Producer Sonia Friedman commented: "This is fantastic news for the production. Casting Amber Riley is of course thrilling as she is the most extraordinary talent to star in our show, but now to be able to announce that Ruth Brown and Karen Mav will be joining the show, to cover Amber and share performances on the night that Amber will not be on is just fantastic."

Dreamgirls opens at the Savoy Theatre on 14 December, with previews from 19 November.