David Ian, producer of the international award-winning musical Chicago, is delighted to announce that one of Britain’s best-loved soap stars, Jessie Wallace, will play the role of Mama Morton in Chicago when the show plays at Nottingham Royal Concert Hall (15th to 20th August), Belfast Grand Opera House (5th to 10th September), Liverpool Empire (12th to 17th September), Glasgow King’s Theatre (19th to 24th September), Aberdeen His Majesty’s Theatre (26th September to 1st October), Bromley Churchill Theatre (10th to 15th October), Woking New Victoria Theatre (17th to 22nd October), Canterbury Marlowe Theatre (24th to 29th October), Norwich Theatre Royal (31st October to 5th November) and Leeds Grand Theatre (22nd to 26th November).
Also starring in Chicago are John Partridge as Billy Flynn, Hayley Tamaddon as Roxie Hart, Sophie Carmen-Jones as Velma Kelly, Neil Ditt as Amos Hart and A.D. Richardson as Mary Sunshine.
Other cast include Daniele Arbisi, Nicola Coates, Frances Dee, Adam Denman, Francis Foreman, Waylon Jacobs, Justin-Lee Jones, Dann Kharsa, Chelsea Labadini, Ellie Mitchell, Peter Nash, Helen Siveter, Kerry Spark, Lindsey Tierney and Emily Warner.
Jessie Wallace is best known for playing Kat Slater in EastEnders, a role for which she has won numerous awards. Her other TV credits include Amy Kriel in Wild at Heart and Pat Phoenix in The Road to Coronation Street, for which she was nominated for a Bafta Award. Her theatre credits include Maureen in Rent Remixed in the West End, Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be at the Theatre Royal Stratford East and Sylvia in the national tour of Stepping Out.
Based on real life events back in the roaring 1920s, nightclub singer Roxie Hart shoots her lover and, along with cell block rival, double-murderess Velma Kelly, they fight to keep from death row with the help of smooth talking lawyer, Billy Flynn.
The 2016 UK National Tour of Chicago is produced by David Ian and Michael Watt in association with the Broadway producers Barry and Fran Weissler.
Visit www.chicagothemusical.com/uktour to buy tickets.