Award winning actress Janie Dee has been confirmed to play the title role in Michael Stewart and Jerry Herman's Hello Dolly!

Directed by Paul Kerryson, the Christmas production will occupy the Curve Theatre in Leicester. Dee replaces Caroline O'Connor after she withdrew from the production due to 'commitment to another project'.

Dolly Levi is a glamorous, wise cracking woman with a big heart, focussed on bringing love to the great and good of Manhattan. However, she soon realises that one of the suitors brings more than a little sparkle to her own eye too... with hilarious consequences!

This production reunites Dee and Kerryson following their collaboration on The King and I in 2010. The production opens on Wednesday 5 December 2012 (previews from 30 November) and runs until 12 January 2013.

- Georgie Bradley