The Olivier Award-winning comedy “THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE” will be revived at the Vaudeville Theatre for a strictly limited season from 8 October – 30 Jan 2010, with one of TV’s X Factor finalists, DIANA VICKERS starring in the title role originated by Jane Horrocks at the Aldwych Theatre. It originally opened in 1992 at The National Theatre and it won the 1992 Evening Standard and 1993 Olivier Award for Best Comedy, and was subsequently adapted into an Oscar-winning film in 1998, again starring Jane Horrocks as the diva-impersonating heroine. Written by multi-award winning playwright Jim Cartwright (Road, Bed, Two) and directed by Terry Johnson (One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest, Hitchcock Blonde, The Graduate, Entertaining Mr Sloane).
Billed as a “savage black comedy-drama”, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice concerns a about painfully shy, diminutive Little Voice (LV), who lives alone in the north of England with her mother, Mari. Mari’s drunken, overbearing personality has driven LV into seclusion in her bedroom, where she listens to her late father’s records and has perfected faultless impersonations of the greatest divas, including Judy Garland and Dame Shirley Bassey. When Mari’s latest boyfriend, small-time working men’s club impresario Ray Say, overhears LV singing, he puts in place a tragic sequence of events as he pushes her towards stardom she doesn’t want and is literally terrified of.