Cilla the Musical comes to the Orchard Theatre

PUBLISHED: 17:03 15 January 2018 | UPDATED: 17:03 15 January 2018

Kara Lily Hayworth will be playing Cilla. Picture: Orchard Theatre

Kara Lily Hayworth will be playing Cilla. Picture: Orchard Theatre


From Tuesday 16 to Saturday 20 January, Cilla The Musical will be showing at the Orchard Theatre.

Featuring hit songs telling the tale of the late TV legend, the show is certainly expected to be a big hit at Dartford.

Theatre director, Lorna Stawson said: We are extremely thrilled to have the show with us here this week, it’s especially exciting when productions open or relaunch here at the Orchard Theatre.

We enjoy a good reputation for presenting shows first!”

With over 5000 tickets having been sold before the show has even opened in Dartford, the building will certainly be enjoying extra buzz this week.

Lorna believes Cilla’s story itself is what makes the show so popular: “It’s an extremely heart-warming story of a teenage girl from Liverpool, whose dreams of stardom lead to her becoming one of Britain’s best-loved entertainers of all time.

The score is also very popular, and made up of familiar music which people know and love.”

Kara Lily Hayworth, who plays Cilla, said:

“I knew Cilla growing up as a TV personality and I used to watch Blind Date every Saturday at my nan’s house.”

Kara, who also enjoyed watching the musical starring Sheridan Smith, revealed that it felt like “a dream” to have been given the part.

“I cried and then rang my husband and my family. My sister was more excited than me!”

Inspired by the ITV television series, the story is new to the musical world, having launched in September 2017, but has so far been met with enthusiasm and success,

The musical follows Cilla’s journey to stardom, and Kara is excited to be portraying her story.

“It feels so lovely to be playing such an icon and national treasure; she was so well-loved and I hope I am doing her justice.” adds Kara.

The showing of this musical is just as exciting for the Dartford theatre.

Lorna added: “The theatre provides an eclectic programme throughout the year and we hope that new customers attending Cilla will have a great experience, and return to the Orchard soon during 2018.”


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