CILLA and the Shades of the 60s was the smash hit stage show of 2017 when it toured the UK in February and March.

Starring the effervescent Victoria Jones as Cilla, the show had capacity audiences dancing in the aisles up and down the country to the greatest hits of the 60s performed by Victoria and trio The Shades.

In 2018 the show – refreshed and ready to rock its retro boots – will undertake a four month tour across the UK with Victoria Jones reprising her role as Cilla. It includes dates in North Yorkshire and on Teesside.

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Dubbed the perfect musical stage show for families and pop music fans of all ages, Cilla and the Shades of the 60s’ takes the audience on a musical journey starting with the discovery of the teenage singer, Cilla Black, 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.

Taking a trip down memory lane, the show relives 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 in the UK pop charts with You’re My World and Anyone Who Had A Heart. Her phenomenally successful career as a pop singer during the 60s and 70s led to her becoming the UK’s 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.

Cilla was famous for her delicate vocals as much as her all-out belting: says Victoria Jones (left): “Growing up in Liverpool, I knew Cilla as a TV presenter but when I discovered her music I was amazed by her vocal range and her emotional depth. I find her ballads so beautiful and she portrays heartbreak in a truly moving way. Her passion has always inspired me – in fact I think I was born in the wrong decade! Performing as Cilla gives me the opportunity to celebrate the sound and fashion of a generation of amazing women. I had such a brilliant time on tour earlier this year; I can’t wait to get out on the road again in 2018 especially as we’ll have the opportunity of performing in venues where we haven’t performed before. We’ll have the fantastic Shades trio, beautiful dancers and a lorra lorra laughs!”

The Shades (left: onstage with Victoria Jones) are the fabulous trio of West End and musical theatre singers who will perform some of the 60s’ greatest hits individually and together; their costumes and dance routines are second to none – audiences will delight in references to retro Sixties dance moves and fashion…not to mention hairstyles…

To top this outstanding musical cake, every night four professional dancers will join Cilla and the Shades onstage: this is when audiences give in to their inner Pan’s People and get dancing in the aisles!

  • Cilla and the Shades of the 60s, Northallerton Forum, North Yorkshire, February 24. Tickets www.forumnorthallerton.org.uk; Billingham Forum Theatre, April 18. Tickets www.forumtheatrebillingham.co.uk