The producers of the new production of SISTER ACT THE MUSICAL are delighted to announce casting for the run at the Manchester Palace Theatre from Monday 27 June to Saturday 9 July 2022 ahead of the production playing London’s Eventim Apollo.
Jennifer Saunders will star as ‘Mother Superior’ alongside Keala Settle as ‘Sister Mary Patrick’, Lesley Joseph as ‘Sister Mary Lazarus’, Clive Rowe as ‘Eddie Souther’, Lizzie Bea as ‘Sister Mary Robert’ and Sandra Marvin as ‘Deloris Van Cartier’.
The cast also includes Jeremy Secomb, Graham McDuff, Tricia Deighton, Lori Haley Fox, Damian Buhagiar, Tom Hopcroft, Bradley Judge, Tanya Edwards, Catherine Millsom, Anne Smith, Emma Ralston, Jermaine Woods, Michael Ward and Caroline Bateson. Complete casting to be announced soon.
Jennifer Saunders is a BAFTA award-winning actress, comedian and writer. She is one half of the highly successful and much-loved comedy duo French and Saunders and also wrote and starred in five series, three specials and a feature film of her hit comedy “Absolutely Fabulous”. Her many other TV credits include writing and starring in “Jam and Jerusalem” and guest starring in “Friends” and “Roseanne”. Her film credits include the voice of the evil ‘Fairy Godmother’ in “Shrek 2”. On stage she has appeared in “Lady Windermere’s Fan” at the Vaudeville Theatre and “Blithe Spirit” at Bath Theatre Royal and the Duke of York’s and Harold Pinter theatres in the West End.
Tony-Award nominated actress and singer, Keala Settle, is the breakout star of 20th Century Fox’s, “The Greatest Showman”, alongside Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, and Zendaya. The Hawaii native’s performance of the film’s Oscar-nominated song “This Is Me” reached Number One on the UK’s charts for a record-smashing 28 weeks. Her Broadway credits include “Hands on a Hardbody”, “Les Misérables” and “Waitress”. She also featured on Hugh Jackman’s world tour concert “The Man. The Music. The Show.”, performing in Europe, New Zealand, Australia and North America. In December 2017, Keala released her EP Chapter One, a compilation of contemporary and R&B infused covers.
Lesley Joseph is best known for playing ‘Dorien Green’ in the hugely successful sitcom “Birds of a Feather” alongside Pauline Quirke and Linda Robson. They recorded over 100 episodes over a period of nine years. Lesley and her co-stars returned to our screens in “Birds of a Feather in 2013. She has been seen on screen in ITV’s “Night and Day” and appeared on BBC One’s “Strictly Come Dancing” and most recently Channel 4’s “Celebrity Coach Trip” alongside Linda Robson. Lesley’s theatre credits include ‘Miss Hannigan’ in “Annie” at the West End’s Victoria Palace and also on national tour, and her Olivier Award nominated performance as ‘Frau Blucher’ in “Young Frankenstein”. Her other touring credits include “Calendar Girls” and “Hot Flush!”.
Clive Rowe won the Olivier award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for “Guys and Dolls” at The National Theatre and was also nominated for Best Supporting Performance in “Carousel”, also at The National Theatre. At 2009’s Oliviers, he was nominated for the Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre award for “Mother Goose” at Hackney Empire. His many West End and touring credits include “Ladykillers” at the Gielgud Theatre, “Chicago” at the Adelphi Theatre, “Sweet Charity” at the Donmar Warehouse, the UK tour of “The Wind in The Willows” and “Me and My Girl” at Chichester Festival Theatre.
Lizzie Bea is currently starring as ‘Martha Dunnstock’ in “Heathers The Musical” at The Other Palace. She recently received critical and audience acclaim for her portrayal of ‘Tracy Turnblad’ in “Hairspray” at the London Coliseum. Her other theatre credits include ‘Abigail’ in the World Premiere of “Becoming Nancy” at the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta and performing in the UK Tours of “Kinky Boots”, “Fat Friends the Musical”, “Chicken Little”, “The Shakespeare Revue” and “The 3 Little Pigs”.
Having played ‘Jessie Grant’ in ITV’s “Emmerdale” for two years, Sandra Marvin joined the West End production of “Waitress” to play ‘Becky’, before reprising the role in 2021 and 2022 for the UK Tour of the production. Her many other West End theatre credits include most recently ‘Mrs Fezziwig/Mrs Mops’ in “A Christmas Carol” at the Dominion Theatre, “City of Angels” and “Committee” at the Donmar Warehouse, ‘Miss Motormouth Maybelle’ in “Hairspray” at the Shaftesbury Theatre, ‘Queenie’ in “Show Boat” at the New London Theatre, ‘Rose’ in “Stepping Out” at the Vaudeville Theatre, “Porgy and Bess” at the Savoy Theatre and “Ragtime” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. Her other credits include “Romantics Anonymous” at Bristol Old Vic and on tour in the US and ‘Mama Morton’ in “Chicago” at Leicester Curve. In 2016 Sandra performed with Kate Bush on her 22-date sold-out “Before the Dawn” concerts and features on her live album of the same name. Sandra also sings the title track on the Grammy Award winning soundtrack for the George Clooney film, “Gravity”.
Based on the iconic movie, this sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, sisterhood and music tells the hilarious story of the disco diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder. Under protective custody she is hidden in the one place she won’t be found – a convent! Disguised as a nun and under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own.
SISTER ACT has direction by Bill Buckhurst, choreography by Alistair David, Set Design by Morgan Large, Lighting Design by Tim Mitchell, Sound Design by Tom Marshall and Musical Supervision by Stephen Brooker. Casting is by Stuart Burt.
SISTER ACT features original music by Tony® and 8-time Oscar® winner Alan Menken (Disney’s Aladdin, Enchanted), lyrics by Glenn Slater, book by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner with additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane. SISTER ACT is produced by Jamie Wilson and Whoopi Goldberg.