Monday, 11 May 2015

It's official... X Factor winner Matt Cardle to take over from Killian Donnelly in Memphis The Musical

It has been confirmed that former X Factor winner Matt Cardle will take over from Killian Donnelly as Huey in the West End production of Memphis The Musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre this summer.

Cardle will play his first performance on Monday 6th July. Donnelly plays his final performance on Saturday 4th July to begin rehearsals for the West End premiere of Kinky Boots.

Cardle will join Beverley Knight who stars as Felicia Farrell in the musical. Knight has extended her run in the production to October. Memphis continues to the end of its scheduled run in the West End on 31st October 2015. Producers claim there are "early plans in progress" for a major tour of the UK and Ireland from late 2016.

Matt Cardle says: “I’m thrilled to be making my acting and West End debut in Memphis. From the first time I saw the show I felt I had a real connection with the character of Huey. It’s no secret that I worked for many years before my breakthrough as a musician.

"I started my first band when I was 12 years old and spent at least 15 years recording albums and sending demos to record companies before finally having my voice heard. It was the united love from family and friends, similar to that at the heart of the Memphis story, that saw me through. I am truly honoured to be sharing the stage with the incredible Beverley Knight, I’ve admired her work for such a long time and can’t wait to get started in the show”.

Beverley Knight says: "I can’t wait to continue my Memphis journey into the autumn with Matt - who will be a fantastic addition to our Memphis family. We all know he has a "fantastical" voice; I think many will be wonderfully surprised by his ability on stage. We are all going to miss Killian when he leaves but his last few weeks will be party time at the show! Bring it all on! Hockadoo!"

Photo Credit: Dan Wooller

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