First look at the UK tour of Cilla – The Musical

Paul O’Grady was among those in attendance on opening night

Images from the production of Cilla – The Musical have been released, showing Kara Lily Hayworth in action as the Liverpool icon Cilla Black.

The cast then celebrated the performance with Paul O'Grady, who joined them for the launch of the new musical.

Alongside Kara Lily Hayworth as Cilla is Andrew Lancel as Brian Epstein, Carl Au as Bobby, Amy Bridges as Rose Willis, Gemma Brodrick-Bower as Pauline, Paul Broughton as John White, Bill Caple as Ringo Starr, Tom Christian as Kenny Willis, Tom Dunlea as Hutch, Pauline Fleming as Big Cilla, Joshua Gannon as Paul McCartney, Billie Hardy as Pat and Michael Hawkins as John Lennon.

The musical, which has been written by Jeff Pope, features the cast performing the Merseybeat sound. The musical follows the story of Cilla's life from Liverpudlian teenager to one of the best-loved entertainers in the country.

The show has debuted at the Liverpool Empire before touring nationally.

Cilla – The Musical will run at the Liverpool Empire from 7 to 16 September, then tours to Edinburgh (19 to 23 Sept), Milton Keynes (26 to 30 Sept), Southampton (3 to 7 Oct), Birmingham (10 to 14 Oct), Blackpool (17 to 21 Oct), Cardiff (31 Oct to 4 Nov), Wimbledon (7 to 11 Nov), Stoke (14 to 18 Nov) and Manchester (21 to 25 Nov).

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