Former Coronation Street star Debra Stephenson has joined the cast of the new Dusty Springfield inspired musical Son of a Preacher Man.
The actor and gifted impressionist will create the role of Alison alongside the previously announced Diana Vickers in the touring production.
With a book by Warner Brown and directed and choreographed by Strictly’s King of the pithy putdown, Craig Revel Horwood, the national tour is due to begin at Bromley’s Churchill Theatre on Monday 4 September.
Following on from the Bromley run which ends on 9 September, the tour is due to visit Birmingham, Sunderland, Manchester, York, Stoke, Edinburgh, Oxford, Tunbridge Wells, Hull, Wimbledon, Belfast, High Wycombe, Southend, Nottingham, Coventry, Aylesbury, Blackpool, Torquay, Brighton, Woking, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Liverpool.
Featuring Springfield’s most memorable hits, the show tells the story of three strangers drawn to the site of a famous 1960s Soho club where the Preacher Man of the title used to dispense advice to his lovelorn patrons.
After appearing on TV talent show Opportunity Knocks as a teenage impressionist, Stephenson went on to establish herself as an actress in TV shows including Kay Mellor’s Playing the Field and prison drama Bad Girls.
Vickers first found fame as a quirky contestant on the TV talent show The X Factor before winning new fans and critical acclaim for her professional stage acting debut in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. Her recent theatre credits include the touring production of The Rocky Horror Show.
Currently working with Michael Feinstein on Broadway musicals The Gold Room and The Thomas Crown Affair, stage and screen writer Brown is best known for the arena production Walking With Dinosaurs.
Horwood recently returned to his roots as a performer starring as Miss Hannigan in the UK national tour of Annie and as Captain Hook in Peter Pan at the Churchill Theatre last Christmas.
He will head a creative team that includes set and costume designer Morgan Large; musical supervisor Paul Herbert; lighting designer Richard G Jones; sound designer Richard Brooker; associate director & choreographer David James Hulston and casting director Anne Vosser.
Further 2018 tour dates and casting details are to be announced at a later date.