Former Girls Aloud member Sarah Harding will make her musical theatre debut this autumn opposite soap star Andy Moss in Bill Kenwright’s new production of the hit Ghost the Musical.
The singer turned actress who featured in the movie St Trinians 2: The Legend of Frittons Gold before a brief stint on Coronation Street will play the role of tragic heroine Molly in the show which begins a UK tour at Wimbledon’s New Theatre on Thursday 1 September.
Harding, who will star opposite Hollyoaks’ regular Moss, said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be making my theatre debut in Ghost the Musical. The film is one of my all-time favourites, so to get the opportunity to play Molly in Bill Kenwright’s new production is a huge honour for me and I can’t wait to get started!”
Billed as ‘Unchained and Reimagined’, the new version of the show which has a book and lyrics by Bruce Joel Rubin based on his original film screenplay, with music and lyrics by Dave Stewart and Glenn Ballard, will be directed by Bob Tomson.
Announcing the production Kenwright said: “Ghost is a story full of hope, and is one of those films which never leaves you. The book by Bruce Joel Rubin and score by Dave Stewart and Glenn Ballad come together wonderfully in one of my favourite new musicals in years.”
Rubin added: “This is a show with such a strong emotional and musical life that it can mould to many visions and interpretations. It can be performed on any scale, and its vibrant heart will still captivate an audience and allow the imagination to flourish. It is purely theatrical in the greatest sense. We are very excited by the potential that the new version holds and elated it will tour the UK with Bill Kenwright.”
Ghost’s UK tour is due to take in dates in Bristol, Birmingham, Sunderland, Blackpool, Cardiff, Manchester, Oxford, Dublin, Leeds, Edinburgh and Nottingham.
Further casting and production details are to be announced.