Diana Vickers and Sara Crowe have joined the UK tour of The Entertainer with Shane Richie, which comes to Manchester Opera House in October.

The funny and heartbreaking John Osborne play will feature Sara Crowe as Phoebe Rice and Diana Vickers as Jean Rice.  Shane Richie plays the role of Archie Rice.

Director Sean O’Connor, who has changed the setting of Osborne’s play for the very first time from 1957 to 1982, said: “I fell in love with Diana’s feisty but vulnerable LV in The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice when I saw it in the West End and am very excited about what she’ll bring to the role of Jean in The Entertainer, a young woman whose political conscience has been awakened by the Falklands war and who struggles in her combative relationship with her feckless father, Archie.”

“And I’ve long been an admirer of Sara’s extraordinary work and am thrilled that she is taking on one of Osborne’s greatest female roles as Phoebe, the hapless, hopeless wife of the washed up showman, Archie Rice.”

Diana Vickers first caught the eye of the public performing in The X Factor in 2008.  Her previous theatre work includes I Wish My Life Were Like A MusicalMyth, Son of A Preacher ManBigThe Rocky Horror ShowThe Duck HouseHatched and Dispatched and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice in the West End.  Her film credits include Awaiting, To Dream and The Perfect Wave and television appearences include: Josh, Top Coppers and Give out Girls.

Olivier Award-winning Sara Crowe most recently performed as Ruth in the first UK tour of Calendar Girls, The Musical.  She also featured in the 2019 Comic Relief reboot of Four Weddings & A Funeral.

The Entertainer is a co-production between Curve, Anthology Theatre, and Simon Friend Entertainment.

When is The Entertainer performed at Manchester Opera House?

The Entertainer runs at Manchester Opera House from 28 October until 2 November 2019.