Sean O’Connor’s production of John Osborne’s classic play is set to tour the UK from the 27th August until the 23rd November.

New casting has been confirmed for the upcoming UK tour of John Osborne’s funny and heartbreaking play The Entertainer, set to embark on a UK tour from the 27th August.

It has been announced that joining the previously announced Shane Ritchie in the production will be Sara Crowe who joins the cast to play Phoebe Rice and Diana Vickers to play Jean Rice.

Diana Vickers first came to the public eye as a semi-finalist in The X Factor in 2008.  Her previous theatre work includes I Wish My Life Were Like A MusicalMyth, Son of A PreacherManBig,  The Rocky Horror ShowThe Duck HouseHatched and Dispatched and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice in the West End. Herfilm 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 appeared as Ruth in the first UK Tour of Calendar Girls, the Musical, and was seen on screen in the 2019 Comic Relief reboot of Four Weddings & A Funeral – One Red Nose Day and a Wedding. This Christmas she can be seen on BBC4 in the ghost story ‘Martins Close’ written and directed by Mark Gatiss.

1982: Archie Rice is a washed-up entertainer playing a summer season. As his soldier son sails with the Task Force to liberate the Falklands, his daughter Jean returns from campaigning against the war, and Archie’s professional and personal lives collide with devastating consequences.

This new production of John Osborne’s play is directed by Sean O’Connor, who said of the new casting: “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.”

This new adaptation of The Entertainer will open at Curve in Leicester on 27 August 2019 and then tour the UK until 23 November, to Milton Keynes, Malvern, Plymouth, Woking, Eastbourne, Wolverhampton, Coventry, Brighton, Manchester, Bromley, Cheltenham and Shrewsbury.

The Entertainer will tour the UK from the 27th August until the 23rd November.