It is currently booking until March 24, 2018, in Woking.The cast will also include Amy Bridges, Gemma Brodrick-Bower, Paul Broughton, Bill Caple, Tom Christian and Tom Dunlea.Dunlea, Hawkins and Brodrick-Bower all starred in Pope’s original ITV mini-series Cilla, on which the musical is based.The cast is completed by Alan Howell, Jay Osbourne, Alex Harford, Will Kinnon, Jenny Murphy, Tom Sowinski, and Christopher Weeks.A mixed programme of events from live music, plays, classical, comedy, panto, film and burlesque all form part of the opening season at the hidden gem in the heart of Liverpool City Centre.Liverpool institutions such as Laughterhouse Comedy and The Martini Lounge have found new homes at the venue and great theatrical performances such as the hotly anticipated world premiere of EPSTEIN – The Man Who Made The Beatles, recently listed in the top 5 must-see plays for autumn in The Times newspaper.This is Liverpool's first members club for the creative and music community from the city.” September highlights include a brand new play by Coronation Street’s Pauline Fleming called Dirty Dating.com, Guitar Masters Andy Mc Kee, Jon Gomm and Preston Reed stop off on their UK tour.Liverpool Comedy Festival will take over the Epstein for four nights of Laughterhouse Comedy stand-up with Chris Stokes, Piff The Magic Dragon, Nige, Richard Herring and Steve Shanyaski.
Coronation Street actor Andrew Lancel and Carl Au, whose credits include Waterloo Road, join the cast of Cilla the Musical.
There will also an exclusive member’s only club The 11 O’Clock Club, where the city’s creative Industries can come together from 11pm until 3am creating a constant hive of activity at the Hanover Street venue.
CEO of Liverpool Sound City and The Epstein Theatre Dave Pichilingi said “Epstein is now fully open for business and we are delighted to be unveiling our Autumn and Winter programme.
They join the previously announced Kara Lily Hayworth as Cilla, who beat thousands in nationwide open auditions for the role.
Other cast members include Pauline Fleming, Joshua Gannon, Billie Hardy and Michael Hawkins.