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Preview: Cilla and the Shades of the 60s at Whitley Bay Playhouse

The best musical theatre show celebrating Cilla’s life and music

Cilla and the Shades of the 60s
starring Victoria Jones as Cilla
Whitley Bay Playhouse                 
Tuesday 18 September 2018

‘Step inside love…I want you to stay!”

Yes she’s back!  The irrepressible, fabulous Victoria Jones will reprise her starring role as Cilla Black in the UK’s top touring show, Cilla and the Shades of the 60s, as it rolls into the autumn with extra dates to match public demand for tickets. 

This perfect musical stage show for families, Cilla fans and pop music fans of all ages, was a smash hit on its debut tour last year and repeated box office business earlier this year.   ‘Cilla and the Shades of the 60s’ stars the effervescent Victoria Jones as Cilla (left) and Eloise Tasker, Joanna Walters and Chanelle Nicole as The Shades.  Together, through music, song, dance, and witty comedy, they take the audience on a poptastic musical journey starting with the discovery of the teenage Cilla at Liverpool’s famous Cavern Club and presents many of the biggest hits by artists who changed the world of popular entertainment in the 1960s including Cilla, Dusty, Lulu, Tina Turner, the Beatles and more. 

The show features highlights of Cilla’s stellar career: by the time Cilla was 21 she was working with Beatles’ producer George Martin and was at No. 1 with ‘You’re My World’ and ‘Anyone Who Had A Heart’.  She was Britain’s No. 1 female singer during the 1960s and subsequently became the most popular TV presenter with her own TV show ‘Cilla’ which ran 1966-1978 and ‘Blind Date’ which ran for a record breaking 18 years. 

Says Victoria Jones: “When I was growing up in Liverpool I loved watching Cilla on TV but it wasn’t till later that I discovered her music – and wow, I was hooked!  I was thrilled by her vocal range; her ballads are beautiful and she gave every song an emotional depth that was completely new to me as a budding singer.  She really inspired me to develop my voice and my performance. 

“I love performing in this show and I feel so lucky and proud to be associated with Cilla.  Cilla became a huge star at an incredibly new and exciting time for popular music; she was a trailblazer - she became the first woman to have her own television show and she remained relevant to generations of people.  This show gives me the opportunity of celebrating the sound and fashion of a generation of amazing women.  We always have a great time onstage - I guarantee lots of great music and a lorra lorra laughs!  We even have a ‘Blind Date’ section involving a member of the audience!”

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Live photos: Rhian Cox. 
Studio photos: Darren Bell

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