The X-Factor runner-up DIANA VICKERS has been cast in a new production of THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE, to open at the Vaudeville Theatre in October.

Jim Cartwright’s Olivier Award-winning comedy will be directed by Terry Johnson and Diana Vickers will play the role originated by Jane Horrocks in both the 1992 stage version and the hit film, Little Voice.

The black comedy musical set in the North of England sees a shy girl perfect faultless impersonations of great divas, including Shirley Bassey and Judy Garland.

Also starring in the high-profile show are stage, TV and film stars Lesley Sharp (Bob and Rose, The Full Monty) as Mari and Marc Warren (Hustle, Mutual Friends) as Ray Say.

Producer Nica Burns said: “When Jim Cartwright told me he had found the perfect girl – and then dragged me off to Wembley to see [Diana Vickers] perform as part of the X Factor tour, I thought he’d gone mad! But when I saw Diana, I knew immediately he was right; she has a special quality. When she finally agreed – after much persuasion – to come in and read for us, we found out that not only can she sing but she was an intuitive actress as well.”

Diana Vickers entered The X Factor contest in 2008 and proved an instant success, and is currently recording her debut album.

Save £10 on tickets to see The Rise and Fall of Little Voice at the Vaudeville Theatre, London