Scarborough gets its ‘Little Voice’ back

Jane Horrocks who starred in the original stage play and film, and below, Ray Quinn and Beverley Callard who will be performing at the Futurist.
Jane Horrocks who starred in the original stage play and film, and below, Ray Quinn and Beverley Callard who will be performing at the Futurist.

SCARBOROUGH has secured another “big winner” as the Futurist Theatre brings Little Voice back to the town.

The seafront venue is hosting The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, bringing with it a cast of well-known faces.

From ITV Productions''DANCING ON ICE'Sunday 11th January 2009 on ITV1''Superstar skating duo Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean return to train a team of celebrities to dance on the ice in ITV1's hit show.''This year's series is bigger than ever and features 13 celebrity skaters - the highest number so far.  And with everything to play for, the bar is set for the most gripping series yet.''The celebrities are: ex-EastEnders and Hollyoaks actress Gemma Bissix; ex-Bill and EastEnders actor Todd Carty; actor and TV presenter Jeremy Edwards; rugby star Ellery Hanley; footballer Graeme Le Saux; investigative reporter Donal MacIntyre; presenter and model Melinda Messenger; Loose Woman Coleen Nolan; ex-Emmerdale actress Roxanne Pallett; singer Ray Quinn; presenter Zoe Salmon; pop star Jessica Taylor; and TV presenter Michael Underwood.''Pictured:  RAY QUINN''CREDIT: JOHN ROGERS/ITV ''(c) ITV''For further information please contact Peter Gray 0207 159 3046 peter.gray@itv.com

From ITV Productions''DANCING ON ICE'Sunday 11th January 2009 on ITV1''Superstar skating duo Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean return to train a team of celebrities to dance on the ice in ITV1's hit show.''This year's series is bigger than ever and features 13 celebrity skaters - the highest number so far. And with everything to play for, the bar is set for the most gripping series yet.''The celebrities are: ex-EastEnders and Hollyoaks actress Gemma Bissix; ex-Bill and EastEnders actor Todd Carty; actor and TV presenter Jeremy Edwards; rugby star Ellery Hanley; footballer Graeme Le Saux; investigative reporter Donal MacIntyre; presenter and model Melinda Messenger; Loose Woman Coleen Nolan; ex-Emmerdale actress Roxanne Pallett; singer Ray Quinn; presenter Zoe Salmon; pop star Jessica Taylor; and TV presenter Michael Underwood.''Pictured: RAY QUINN''CREDIT: JOHN ROGERS/ITV ''(c) ITV''For further information please contact Peter Gray 0207 159 3046 peter.gray@itv.com

With a line-up including Coronation Street’s Beverley Callard, X-Factor finalist Ray Quinn and impressionist Jess Robinson, the show marks another coup for the town in the wake of last week’s Open Air Theatre announcement, which revealed JLS, Olly Murs and Dionne Warwick would be playing at the North Bay venue.

The scoop by the Futurist will see Little Voice returning to its roots as the town was cast as the location for the Bafta and Oscar nominated film adaptation of the play.

For months Scarborough was home to a host of A-list stars in the film, including Ewan McGreggor, Michael Caine, Jane Horrocks and Brenda Blethyn.

Barry Stead, operator of the Futurist Theatre, said: “We are trying to produce more theatrical events at the Futurist and we just thought that Little Voice was ideal for Scarborough because of its connections.

Willow Park Care Home, Pontefract opening.'Beverley Callard

Willow Park Care Home, Pontefract opening.'Beverley Callard

“Its a very good play, and made a great film so we are looking forward to running with it.

“We are expecting really really big business. I think it will do similar box office sales to the Calendar Girls.

“I think its a very good cast and the fact that the writer of Little Voice will be directing it is a real coup. Its another big winner for us.”

The show will be running from September 10 to 15, and will be produced by Little Voice’s original writer Jim Cartwright.

He said: “I am thrilled that the show is returning to its Scarborough roots, and the place where Little Voice’s journey began.”

The show is the latest in a list of performances due to bring in the crowds at the Futurist this year, including Peter Andre, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and the annual Chuckle Brothers act.

It also follows Dream Boat and Petticoats which closed at the weekend after attracting 10,000 ticket sales, and last year’s smash hit Calendar Girls which saw the venue reach capacity at nearly every performance with box office sales topping 16,000.

Along with the Open Air Theatre’s acts, and the Spa playing host to Rory Bremner, Lesley Garrett and the Pigeon Detectives, the stage is set for busy 2012, with local businesses including hotels, restaurants and bars, all set to benefit.

Eddie Blakely, spokesman for Scarborough Hospitality Association, said: “We are delighted. It is good to see some quality acts and some quality entertainment coming to Scarborough.

“We know Scarborough is a great resort to come to but people want entertainment and well known acts as well.

“It was great to hear who is coming at the Open Air Theatre, and the Futurist certainly isn’t lagging behind.

“All our members are delighted with this season’s prospects, and are hoping the shows will bring lots of people in who will want to stay for longer than a night.”

Tickets for The Rise and Fall of Little Voice go on sale today at the Futurist’s Box Office.