Curtain rises on new version of classic Little Voice

The Rise and fall of Little Voice 2

The Rise and fall of Little Voice 2

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THERE will be a warm regional homecoming for The Rise and Fall of Little Voice when it’s performed at The Dukes in Lancaster on Thursday.

After its successful West End revival last year, the curtain rises on the Lancaster theatre’s own version of Farnworth-born Jim Cartwright’s modern classic.

It is bound to be a highlight of the venue’s spring season and will see the return to Lancaster of director Amy Leach who directed the record-breaking run of Sabbat; My Mother Said I Never Should; and Peter Pan, last summer’s outdoor walkabout show.

Playing the lead role of Little Voice will be Rebecca Hutchinson, originally from Darwen, also Amy Leach’s home town.

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice premiered at the Royal National Theatre in 1992 with Jane Horrocks in the lead role and won the Olivier Award for Best Comedy in 1993.

She recreated the role for the big screen version in 1998.

It focuses on the life of a painfully shy young woman who disappears into a world of music to escape the chaotic life of her fun-loving drunken mother. It runs until April 16.

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