Girls Aloud singer Nicola Roberts to make West End debut in City of Angels
Roberts will star as Avril and Mallory in the musical, which tells two stories in tandem – one of a writer adapting a book into a screenplay, and the other of noir scenes from the script he is writing – which was originally played in the production by Samantha Barks.
Josie Rourke’s production first played the Donmar Warehouse in 2015, and won the Olivier Award for best musical revival. It starred Hadley Fraser, Rosalie Craig and Rebecca Trehearn, who will each be returning to the show for the West End transfer, alongside Vanessa Williams.
Over the course of a decade with Girls Aloud, Roberts was part of the biggest-selling girl group of the 21st century, selling over 4.3 million singles in the UK, with 20 consecutive top ten singles which include “The Promise”, “Love Machine”, “Sound of the Underground”, and “I Think We’re Alone Now”.
On the announcement, Roberts said: “I am delighted that Josie and the production have chosen me to be Mallory for City of Angels. To make my acting debut in this show and to work with such a fantastic company of actors and Josie Rourke is a dream come true for me.”
Director Rourke added: “It's exciting to add another dynamite voice, and stellar presence to this revival of City of Angels. Nicola is an exceptional talent, who brings wit and intelligence to the role and the production. Although she's no stranger to the stage, I'm honoured to be the director for her West End debut.”
City of Angels tickets are available now.
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