Popular We Will Rock You leading ladies Sharon D Clarke and Kerry Ellis have been lined up to play concert dates at London’s Hippodrome Casino nightspot.
Ellis, who created the role of Meat in the Queen musical, and the show’s original Killer Queen, Clarke will both bring their distinctive vocal talents to the popular cabaret and concert venue.
Presented by Club 11 London and the Hippodrome, Ellis will be the first to appear at the venue with her Christmas concert on 20 December, while her former co-star Clarke will bring her solo cabaret show to the Hippodrome on 10 March 2017.
West End favourite Ellis, who was recently forced to cancel her Candlelit Christmas Concert Tour with Brian May due to health issues affecting the Queen guitarist, is currently starring in Murder Ballad at the Arts Theatre.
An award-winner for her performance as the first British Elphaba in Wicked, Ellis has starred in some of the West End’s biggest hits including Miss Saigon, My Fair Lady and Les Misérables.
With similarly impressive theatre credentials, Clarke has also played leading roles in major productions of hit shows including Hairspray, The Lion King and Chicago. She won an Olivier award for her performance in the National Theatre’s production of The Amen Corner, and in January this year she won further acclaim for her performance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, also at the National. The actress has also been cast in the forthcoming production of Cy Coleman’s The Life, to be staged at the Southwark Playhouse in March 2017.
Clarke’s solo cabaret show at the Hippodrome next year will feature a mix of show songs, jazz and soul.
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