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Vaudeville Theatre
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The Rise and Fall of Little Voice
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Show Details
Preview 8th Oct 09
Opens 20th Oct 09
Closes 30th Jan 10
Show Times
Monday - Saturday 7.30 pm
Matinée Weds & Sat 2.30 pm

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We put this AVMovie together (a compilation of still photos and video clips) to show off London theatres as they are seen most often by theatre goers – by night.

Thanks to Ben Shafik for his lighthearted and  informative commentary and Fionn O'Lochlainn for the original music.

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"Maybe it is peculiarly British but I found The Rise and Fall of Little Voice both interestingly comic and unusually engaging. "
Lizzie Loveridge

A girl (Little Voice) and her mother (Mari) present another musical drama by Jim Cartwright who wrote a play in the '90s that won awards and was made into a film in '98.   It's said to be funny, in a dark way a moved people as only the beastliness of a mother towards her daughter can - especially when she competes unaware of the talent of her daughter that drew the interest of the man she fancied.   

Diane Vickers, having been a runner up in the X Factor is the star pull and is taking her musical career as serious as her acting one by recording her first album while the show is running in the West End.

The Story
Little Voice largely avoided her bombastic and unpleasant mother.  She played father's collection of records and was able to mimic the voices of stars like Shirley Bassey and Judy Garland and impersonate their style. Far from being outgoing she hardly ever spoke - her mother was the tour de force from whom she shrank.
Mari has a new boyfriend (Ray) who is a club agent and hears Little Voice and believes he can make her a star Mari has plans of her own hoping that Ray can raise her to a more affluent life. She levels her drama at  Little Voice who offers little resistance while she was learning how to be Marilyn Monroe and Dusty Springfield and others alone in her own room hoping someone would love her one day.
Ray takes her to a club where she finally astonishes them all with a great performance.
The play takes a more tragic turn which eventually reminds Little Voice how to be more herself.

•  Diana Vickers - Little Voice  • Lesley Shepherd - Mari Hoff • Marc Warren -  Ray Say  • Mr Boo - Tony Hagarth • Rachel Lumberg - Sadie  • James Cartwright - Billy • Tim Parker - Phone man/Manolito the Drummer

• Director - Terry Johnson • Set design-  Lez Brotherston • Producer - Nica Burns • Lighting Design - Mark Henderson • Sound Design - Dickinson • Musical supervisor -  Nigel Lilley • Music ('Sunshine') - Take That  • Jim Cartwright -  Book.

Will play, for only a limited season, at the Vaudeville Theatre.
Starring award winning actress Lesley Sharp (TV’s Clocking Off and Bob and Rose), charismatic  (BBC’s Hustle and Life on Mars) and introducing X-Factor finalist Diana Vickers as Little Voice in her West End debut. The Rise and Fall of Little Voice is written by multi-award winning playwright Jim Cartwright, and is directed by Terry Johnson (La Cage aux Folles)

"Maybe it is peculiarly British but I found The Rise and Fall of Little Voice both interestingly comic and unusually engaging."
Lizzie Loveridge

© 2010 Updated 12th Jan 2010