The Rise and Fall of Little Voice by Jim Cartwright

The Story

One of Britain’s greatest modern plays, The Rise & Fall of Little Voice, has embarked on a UK Tour. The Olivier Award-Winning comedy-drama from Jim Cartwright has earned international acclaim across the globe, including a Golden Globe winning smash-hit film starring Jane Horrocks and Michael Caine.

Meet Little Voice and Mari Hoff. A mother and daughter central to the heart of this Northern fairy-tale, but as far apart in character as can be. Little Voice leads a quiet and unassuming life, seeking companionship and joy from music’s most iconic singers, whilst Mari prefers the sound of her own voice, indulging in a life of booze, cheap thrills and seedy men. Left to her own devices, LV starts to embody the famous divas she plays on repeat, swapping the grey backstreets of Northern England for the bright lights of Hollywood and Broadway, all from the safety of her own bedroom. When Mari starts dating small-time club owner Ray Say, LV’s astonishing impersonations of Shirley Bassey, Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland to name a few, are thrust into the spotlight. Transformed and sensational, LV might just be Ray’s one and only chance to hit the big time, but what will the consequences be for mother and daughter?

Starring TV favourite Shobna Gulati (Coronation Street, Dinnerladies, Loose Women), British soap royalty Ian Kelsey (Emmerdale, Casualty) and ‘the girl of a thousand voices’ and two-time Drama Desk Award Nominee Christina Bianco, as Little Voice. Cartwright’s timeless and iconic tale explores the highs and the lows of small-town dreams, family rivalry and finding your voice in a noisy world.

With humour, heart and countless powerhouse ballads all performed live on stage, featuring music from Judy Garland, Shirley Bassey, Billie Holiday and many more, this life-affirming production will rouse even the weariest of souls.

2022 UK Tour


Theatre Royal Wakefield

Mon 23 – Sat 28 May 2022


The Lowry

Mon 6 – Sat 11 Jun 2022


Blackpool Grand

Wed 15 – Sat 18 Jun 2022


Mercury Theatre

Tue 21 – Sat 25 Jun 2022


Richmond Theatre

Mon 27 Jun – Sat 2 Jul 2022


York Theatre Royal

Mon 4 – Sat 9 Jul 2022


Everyman Theatre

Mon 11 – Sat 16 July 2022


Anna Hale

Anna Hale

Understudy Little Voice and Understudy Sadie

Creative Team