From pop star to West End star, Atomic Kitten’s Natasha Hamilton to make her London theatre debut
You know that the West End has become a trendy place to be when pop stars are queuing up to tread the boards in a London show.
Duncan James and Simon Webb from Blue in Legally Blonde and Sister Act respectively, Jason Donovan in Priscilla, the Spice Girls’ Melanie C in Blood Brothers, Destiny’s Child’s Michelle Williams in Chicago, Matt Willis from Busted in Flashdance, Gareth Gates in Les Miserables, Noel from Hear’Say in Grease… the list goes on and on.
And now it’s the turn of sexy Atomic Kitten Natasha Hamilton to make her way to the backstage door of the Phoenix Theatre to star in Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers.
Natasha will be making her West End debut in the show, starring as lead character Mrs Johnstone, from 24 January 2011. She joins a roll call of famous theatrical ladies who have played the part of Mrs Johnstone including Mel C, Barbara Dickson, Petula Clark, Kiki Dee, X-Factor runner-up Nikki Evans and currently 70’s pop star Lyn Paul. Maureen Nolan will play the part from 22 November to 22 January.
Willy Russell’s dramatic musical about a pair of twins from Liverpool who are separated at birth only to cross paths later in life, has run successfully at the Phoenix Theatre since 1991 and remains one of London’s most popular and successful shows.
Hamilton is a relative newcomer to the stage, having only had one other big show under her belt: Peter Pan last year at the Liverpool Empire alongside Les Denis and Henry Winkler. Here’s hoping she follows Mel C’s success, and makes Blood Brothers the start of the next exciting chapter in her career.