EastEnders and Coronation Street star Ian Reddington will create the role of Simon in heart-warming new musical, Son of a Preacher Man.
He joins Hull actress and impressionist Debra Stephenson and X Factor finalist Diana Vickers in the show which arrives at Hull New Theatre in November.
Ian Reddington is best known for playing Tricky Dicky in EastEnders and Vernon in Coronation Street, with other roles in popular TV programmes including Dr Who, Shameless, Benidorm, Inspector Morse, Robin Hood, Outlander, The Queen’s Nose and The Dumping Ground.
On stage, Ian has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company and has toured the UK with Bouncers, Dead Funny and Oh What a Lovely War. His film credits include cult classic Highlander.
As a comedic impressionist, Debra Stephenson is best known as a star of BBC One’s The Impressions Show, with her other credits including BBC Radio 4’s Dead Ringers as well ITV’s Newzoids.
Debra’s other entertainment credits include The Friday Night Project, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special, Comic Relief Does Fame Academy and Let’s Dance For Sports Relief.
She also wowed audiences at Hull City Hall when she brought her Night of One Hundred Voices show to her home city in March this year.
In Son of a Preacher Man, the Coronation Street and Bad Girls star will create the role of Alison.
Diana Vickers made her professional acting debut in the title role of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice in 2009 (West End, Vaudeville Theatre).
Since then her theatre credits have included The Duck House (West End, Vaudeville Theatre), Hatched ‘n’ Dispatched (Park Theatre), The Rocky Horror Show (UK Tour).
Her film and television credits include The Perfect Wave, Awaiting, To Dream, Give Out Girls and Top Coppers. In Son of a Preacher Man, Diana will create the role of Kat.
With a book by Warner Brown and directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood, Son of Preacher Man will also include the greatest hits of Dusty Springfield, including The Look of Love, I Only Want to Be With You and of course, the classic, Son of a Preacher Man.
“I am delighted to bring to life for the very first time this wonderful story created by Warner Brown, with soulful songs from the legendary Dusty Springfield’s iconic music catalogue.
“I hope that audiences in Hull will come to love this warm-hearted and uplifting new musical as much as I do.”
Three broken hearts, one Soho hang-out, and the only man who could ever help them…
Welcome to the Preacher Man, the swinging 1960s Soho joint where the kids danced the night away to the latest crazes and dared to dream of love, while the legendary owner, The Preacher Man himself, dispensed advice to cure the loneliest of hearts.Only that was a long time ago and all that remains are the memories, the
Only that was a long time ago and all that remains are the memories, the stories, and the myths.
Until now, that is, when three random strangers, generations apart but all in need of help with their hopeless love lives, are inexplicably drawn to the site of the original venue.
The Preacher Man is long gone, but his son, with help from the wonderful Cappuccino Sisters, might just find it in himself to channel the spirit of The Preacher Man and once more give these three lovesick strangers the look of love.
This sparklingly funny and sweetly touching new musical play will have you laughing, crying and singing your heart out to some of the greatest songs ever written.
Tickets for Son of a Preacher Man at Hull New Theatre from November 7 to 11 2017 are from £15.50 with concessions available.