MUSICAL comedy Sister Act is set to light up the stage at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal for two weeks, later this month.
The 90s smash hit film starring Whoopi Goldberg as disco diva Deloris Van Cartier has finally made its way on to the stage and will be performing at the Theatre Square venue from Tuesday 20th March to 31st March.
The show follows the story of Deloris, who witnesses a murder and is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be found – a convent!
Disguised as a nun she quickly finds fans amongst her fellow ‘sisters’ but makes the wrong impression on the convent’s strict Mother Superior.
When she turns her attention to the convent’s off-key choir, helping the nuns to find their true voices and breathing new life into the rundown neighbourhood, her cover could be blown for good with the gang giving chase.
Producer Whoopi Goldberg said: “We were thrilled to open Sister Act in London but I’m even more excited to have the show tour the UK so even more folks experience those singing nuns.”
“It’s a great show for everyone from your kids, your granny, to even the neighbour next door who you might not like so much!”
“I promise, you’ll have a great night in the theatre. Look out Great Britain – the sisters are coming!”
The show will star Coronation Street’s Denise Black as Mother Superior, and Brookside and The Royal favourite Michael Starke as Monsignor O’Hara, with rising new star Cynthia Erivo as nun on the run Deloris Van Cartier.
Denise Black is probably best known as siren hairdresser Denise Osbourne in Coronation Street. On stage she has worked at every major producing theatre in the UK in work as diverse as Chekhov, Wesker and Albee to Akcybourn, Shaw and Lorca.
Denise is also the lead singer of the folk-rock band The Loose Screw who gig extensively around the UK and recently sold out a week-long engagement at Pizza on the Park.
Liverpool born actor Michael Starke is best known for his role as Thomas “Sinbad” Sweeney in popular soap Brookside, which he played for 16 years.
He was also a series regular playing Kenneth Hopkirk in Sunday night ITV1 drama The Royal. In 2007 he joined the cast of ITV1’s Coronation Street as kebab shop owner Jerry Morton. Previous stage credits include The Play What I Wrote, Anything Goes, The Rocky Horror Show, Hamlet, numerous pantomime appearances, and most recently the UK tour of Hairspray as Edna Turnblad.
The cast also includes Julie Atherton as Sister Mary Robert, Edward Baruwa as Eddie Souther, Cavin Cornwall as Curtis Jackson, Gavin Alex as Pablo, Jacqueline Clarke as Sister Mary Lazarus, Tyrone Huntley as TJ and Laurie Scarth as Sister Mary Patrick.
Performances at 7.30pm and matinees. Tickets range from £19-£42.50. Box Office: 0115 989 5555.
* To be in with the chance of winning a pair of tickets to the show at 7.30pm on Tuesday 20th March, simply answer the following question.
Q) Which actress played nun on the run Deloris Van Cartier in the 90s smash film?
Mark your answer ‘Sister Act competition’ and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or send it by post to: The Worksop Guardian, 21-27 Ryton Street, Worksop, Notts S80 2AY.
The closing date for entries is Friday 9th March. The lucky winner will be notified by telephone so do not forget to include a daytime contact number.
Normal Guardian competition rules apply.