Former X Factor finalist Lola Saunders will make her theatrical debut in the UK tour of Save the Last Dance for Me which begins at the Theatre Royal Windsor on 6 April.
Saunders, a former fishmonger whose story made headlines when she wowed the judges of the TV talent show in 2014, will join the already announced boyband singer Antony Costa (Boogie Nights UK tour), Wayne Robinson (Kiss Me, Kate) and Elizabeth Carter (Dreamboats and Miniskirts UK tour) returning to the role she played in the show’s 2013 tour.
The cast also includes: Sackie Osakonor, Rachel Nottingham, Kieran Kuypers, Joe McCourt, Andrew Joseph, Michael Kantola, Chris Coxon, Sheridan Lloyd, Josef Pitura-Riley, Alan Howell, Anna Campkin and Kate Hardistry.
From the creative team behind Dreamboats and Petticoats, Save the Last Dance for Me takes its audience on another trip back in time to heyday of rock‘n’roll, the early 1960s.
Written by the creators of a number of much-loved TV series including Birds of a Feather and The New Statesman), Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, the show features the distinctive music of Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman (‘Can’t Get Used To Losing You’, ‘Please Mr Postman’ and the title track.
The production is directed by Bill Kenwright, with design by Mark Bailey, sound design by Dan Samson and lighting design by Tim Oliver. The musical supervisor is Tom de Keyser and choreography is by Bill Deamer.
After playing the Theatre Royal in Windsor from 6-9 April, the show will move on to the New Wimbledon Theatre (12-16 April); Malvern Theatres (18-23 April); Regent Theatre, Stoke (25-30 April); Kings Theatre, Glasgow (3-7 May); Sunderland Empire (9-14 May); Birmingham Alexandra (16-21 May); Milton Keynes Theatre (23-28 May); Blackpool Opera House (31 May-4 June); Liverpool Empire Theatre (6-11 June); Leeds Grand Theatre (13-18 June); Cheltenham Everyman Theatre (20-25 June); Manchester Palace Theatre (27 June-2 July); Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall (4-9 July); Swansea Grand Theatre (11-16 July); New Oxford Theatre (18-23 July); Cardiff New Theatre (25-30 July); Churchill Theatre, Bromley (1-6 August); Venue Cymru, Llandudno (8-13 August); The Playhouse, Weston Super Mare (15-20 August); Nottingham Theatre Royal (22-27 August); Hall for Cornwall, Truro (30 August- 3 September); Princess Theatre, Torquay (5-10 September) and Corn Exchange, Kings Lynn (12-17 September).