The Rise and Fall of Little Voice

Grand Theatre Main Auditorium,


13 Jun, 7:30pm
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14 Jun, 7:30pm
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15 Jun, 2:00pm
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15 Jun, 7:30pm
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16 Jun, 7:30pm
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17 Jun, 7:30pm
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18 Jun, 2:00pm
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18 Jun, 7:30pm
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One of Britain’s greatest modern plays, The Rise & Fall of Little Voice, is embarking 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’sastonishing 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 Holliday and many more, this life-affirming production will rouse even the weariest of souls.

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Ticket Prices


£25 to £35



18 to 26s

(Wednesday Evening Only)


£3 off

1894 Club | SILVER

£4 off

1894 Club | GOLD

£5 off

1894 Club | DIAMOND

£7 off

Friends of The Grand

(Opening Night Only)
£3 off

Groups 10+

£4 off

Groups 50+

£5 off

Groups 100+

£7 off

Christina Bianco

A two-time Drama Desk Award nominee, Christina made her West End debut starring in The Menier Chocolate Factory’s production of Forbidden Broadway at the Vaudeville Theatre. Most recently, Christina played the iconic role of Fanny Brice at the Theatre Marigny’s celebrated production of Funny Girl in Paris. New York credits include The Marvelous Wonderettes, the one-woman, multi-character comedy, Application Pending (Drama Desk Award Nomination), Newsical the Musical, and Forbidden Broadway Goes To Rehab (Drama Desk Award Nomination). Other professional credits include, The Narrator in Joseph…, Maureen in Rent, and Cunegonde in Candide. Television credits include ITV’s The Imitation Game, POP TV sitcom Impress Me, Hallmark’s Signed, Sealed, Delivered and voice work for RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Shobna Gulati

Shobna will soon be seen as Ray in the upcoming feature film Everyone’s Talking About Jamie. She became a household name for her role as Anita in Victoria Wood’s dinnerladies and as Sunita in Coronation Street. She trained at Manchester University, Trinity Laban, Goldsmith’s College, London, Darpana Academy for Performing Arts, India and has a postgraduate in teaching dance from Middlesex University. Theatre credits include: Cinderella (Lyric Hammersmith); Richard II (The Globe); Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (The Apollo Theatre and tour ); Daisy Pulls It Off (The Park); Anita & Me (Birmingham Rep/Touring Consortium); Grease (Leicester Curve); Mamma Mia International Tour 2015- 2016, Jon Godber’s April in Paris (Derby Playhouse/ National Tour); B!rth, Hunger for Trade, Come Closer Pretend You Have Big Buildings, Cafe Vesuvio (Royal Exchange, Manchester); How High is Up?, The Jungle Book, (West Yorkshire Playhouse); dinnerladies, Girl’s Night (National Tour), The Vagina Monologues (Mark Goucher Ltd); Romeo and Juliet, Crazy Lady (Leicester Haymarket, Contact Theatre ); The Mikado (New, Vic Stoke and Stephen Joseph Theatre) A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Tara Arts/National Tour) , Moti Roti Puttli Chunni, Blaggers, and D’yer Eat with Your Fingers? (Theatre Royal, Stratford East).

Ian Kelsey

Ian’s television work as a series regular includes Vinnie Ashford, Coronation Street, ITV; Howard Bellamy, Doctors, BBC; Richard Mayne, Blue Murder, ITV; Jack Clayton, Where The Heart Is, ITV; Matt Brewer, Down To Earth, BBC; Dr Patrick Spiller, Casualty, BBC; Dave Glover, Emmerdale, ITV. Other television includes: Jack Kelsey, Innocent 2 ITV; John Terry, Moving On, BBC; James Hamilton, Love Sick, Netflix; Brendan Newlyn, The Bill, ITV; Daniel, Dustbin Baby, BBC; John Fuller, Hotel Babylon, BBC; Liam Taylor, Murder In Mind, BBC; Karl Lang, Touching Evil, and ITV.