Cast Announcement: The Dolly Mixtures

Published: 23rd May 2019

The hit musical The Dolly Mixtures is being brought back to our stage to mark our 25th anniversary – with some familiar faces.

Six members of the original cast are returning for the revival of the show, which celebrates the achievements of a group of north east women who broke the showbiz mould to raise funds for cancer research in the 1970s and 1980s.

Hilda Joyce, Margaret Graham, Doris Ashcroft, Sylvia Nichols, Jean Smith, Liz Errington, Joan Lumsdale and Betty Dickinson formed an unbreakable bond during their 14 years together, touring the region’s male-dominated social clubs with their variety show.

Original cast members Georgia Nicholson, Victoria Holtom, Kylie Ann Ford and Christina Dawson return in their original roles as Doris, Sylvia, Liz and Joan respectively. Sarah Boulter, who played Betty in the original production, returns this time as Margaret, while Patricia Whale, who played Margaret originally, plays Jean this time around. The new faces are Natasha Haws as Hilda, Zoe Hakin as Betty and Steven Lee Hamilton as Margaret’s husband, Ken, whose cancer battle inspired their performances.

The Dolly Mixtures is written by Jarrow playwright Tom Kelly, with music by John Miles, and will be directed by TV and West End star Mina Anwar, who was assistant director and choreographer on the original production.

Mina Anwar said: “I’m excited to work alongside such incredibly talented, generous, gracious actors.”

The Dolly Mixtures raised more than £100,000 during their time together and at the end of the original run of the play, in August 2016, they were honoured with a lifetime achievement award by Cancer Research UK.

The Dolly Mixtures runs from Wednesday, August 21, to Saturday, August 31. Tickets, priced from £16, are available from the box office on (0191) 454 1234 or you can book online HERE.

Post-show collections will be made in aid of Cancer Research UK.