A little voice on a big stage at Rugby Theatre

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ANOTHER top West End play is coming to the Rugby Theatre stage.

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice is described as a wonderfully funny, incredibly moving play which tells the story of a shy, reclusive girl called Little Voice and her larger than life, out of control mother Mari.

Directed by Garry Hill and written by Jim Cartwright, the Rise and Fall of Little Voice sees Little Voice desperately missing her father.

She spends her time locked in her bedroom listening to his old record collection and perfecting astonishing impersonations of famous divas, including Shirley Bassey, Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland and Dusty Springfield.

When Mari starts dating small-time club agent Ray Say, she thinks he’s her last chance for a better life.

When Ray Say hears Little Voice sing, he thinks she’s his ticket to the big time.

Little Voice just wants a normal life and to be loved. Not everyone is going to get what they want.

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice is a 1992 play. In the 1993 Steppenwolf Theatre Company production starring Hynden Walch transferred to Broadway in April 1994 but closed after nineteen previews and nine performances.

A West End revival of the play ran in London from October 2009 to January 2010 starring Diana Vickers from the X Factor as Little Voice.

Following the success of the play, Diana won the London Newcomer award at the Theatregoers’ Choice Award and added “Sunlight” the closing ballad as a B-side for her debut single, Once.

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice will begin on the Rugby Theatre stage on Saturday, starring Philippa Cottle as Little Voice and Rayner Wilson as Mari.

There will be no performance on Sunday but it will run nightly thereafter until Saturday next week (May 14).

Each performance will start at 7.30pm.

For tickets call (01788) 541234.