Joe joins Little Voice

Cast of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice for Blackpool Grand Theatre
Cast of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice for Blackpool Grand Theatre
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Actor Joe McGann has joined the cast of The Rise & Fall of Little Voice for its Blackpool Grand Theatre visit.

Written and directed by Jim Cartwright the production also features Ray Quinn (X Factor, Dancing on Ice, Grease), Beverley Callard (Liz McDonald from Coronation Street), Jess Robinson and Duggie Brown from The Comedians.

Joe McGann has had a long and varied career with over 30 years in the business. Best known as Charlie Burrows, the lovable housekeeper in the long-running ITV sitcom The Upper Hand, he was also a key character in ITV soap Night and Day.

On stage he has played the lead roles in nationwide tours such as Fiddler on The Roof and Guys and Dolls and, most recently, Calendar Girls – including its Blackpool visit. He has appeared in films including Business as Usual and The Hanging Gale.

Ray Quinn began his career in Brookside winning numerous awards for his role including Best Dramatic Performance and Best Storyline at the Soap Awards 2002 but is best known for coming second to Leona Lewis on 2006’s X Factor.

Since then he has had a number one platinum selling album. Ray has also had his own sell-out tour as well as appearing on the X-Factor arena tour. After winning 2009’s Dancing On Ice Ray went on two UK arena tours with the show.

He recently played Warner in the tour of Legally Blonde, appeared in the West End productions of Dirty Dancing and Grease.

Beverley Callard is best known for her role as Liz MacDonald in Coronation Street, who she first played since 1989. Beverley left the soap in 1998 to concentrate on her other career as an aerobics instructor, and to spend more time with her family.

In 2001 she joined the cast of Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps and stayed with the series for the next four years. In 2003 she returned to Coronation Street where she stayed until April 2011.

Jess Robinson has appeared in BBC2’s Dead Ringers and is a series regular on BBC1’s The Impressions Show. She has also appeared on Blue Peter as an accent expert.

Duggie Brown is an actor and comedian whose career spans five decades. Best known for starring in Granada TV’s The Comedians his numerous other television credits include The House That Jack Built, Brookside, Coronation Street, The Bill, Eastenders and Heartbeat. This summer, Duggie can be seen at The Grand every Sunday from July 29 with The ‘Original’ Comedians.

The Rise & Fall of Little Voice is at the Grand Theatre from Monday November 19 to Saturday November 24.

n Tickets from (01253) 743339, www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk, or the Grand Theatre information sales point in the Houndshill Shopping Centre.