FOLLOWING phenomenal success up and down the country, Cilla The Musical is thrilled to be extending its 2018 tour dates, coming to Darlington Hippodrome from Tuesday 20 to Saturday 24 November and you can be in with a chance of winning opening night tickets.

Continuing with her critically acclaimed portrayal of the nation’s sweetheart is Kara Lily Hayworth as Cilla, who beat thousands of hopefuls in nationwide open auditions for the coveted role.

The show, written by BAFTA award winning Jeff Pope, has been met with Five Star reviews and standing ovations up and down the country. It has also been nominated for Best New Musical at the What’s On Stage awards.

Cilla The Musical is a spectacular and heart-warming musical adaptation of the critically acclaimed hit ITV television series by Bafta-Award winner Jeff Pope (The Moorside, Philomena, From The Cradle To The Grave, Mrs Biggs and the acclaimed Little Boy Blue which had ITV audiences glued to their screens). It tells the story of the ordinary girl from Liverpool whose teenage dreams of stardom lead her to becoming one of Britain’s best-loved entertainers of all time.

The story follows the life of the teenage girl from Liverpool, Priscilla White, and her rocky, yet incredible, rise to fame. By the age of just 25 she was recognized as international singing star Cilla Black. By the age of 30 she had become Britain’s favorite television entertainer headlining series’ of Blind Date, Surprise Surprise and many more.

The musical score will be the ultimate soundtrack to the 60’s including Cilla’s greatest hits Anyone Who Had a Heart, Alfie and Something Tells Me, alongside a backdrop of the legendary “Liverpool Sound” including the Beatles’ Twist and Shout, and American influences like California Dreamin by The Mamas and The Papas and many more.

Competition details

  • To be in with a chance of winning the two tickets for Cilla – The Musical at Darlington Hippodrome, simply answer the following question:
  • At which famous Liverpool club did Cilla work?
  • Send your entries, including a telephone number and (if possible) email address to: Cilla The Musical Competition, The Northern Echo, Priestgate, Darlington DL1 1NF or email your entries to with Cilla The Musical Competition in the subject line, to reach us by 5pm on Friday 7 September.
  • The prize of two tickets is valid for the 7.30pm performance of Cilla The Musical on Tuesday 20 November at Darlington Hippodrome. The prize is non transferable, no cash alternative is available and only valid for the above performance. Winners will be informed by telephone / email.
  • Cilla The Musical runs from Tuesday 20 to Saturday 24 November. Tickets are available from the Hippodrome box office on 01325 405405 or through the website