Jennifer Saunders and Lesley Joseph will share the role of Mother Superior when the new production of Sister Act The Musical goes on tour next year.
The revamped production will be headlined by Whoopi Goldberg as Deloris Van Cartier and Saunders as Mother Superior for the London run with Brenda Edwards confirmed as the Van Cartier for the Thursday matinee and tour.
The tour had been due to begin in April but will now open in Southampton in September 2021 followed by dates in Leicester, Manchester, Newcastle, Birmingham, Cardiff, Dartford, Derry, Nottingham, Liverpool, Bristol and Dublin.
Jennifer Sauders will be appearing on the following dates on tour – Mayflower Theatre Southampton from 7 to 11 September 2021, Manchester Palace Theatre from 27 Sep to 9 October 2021, Birmingham Hippodrome from 2 to 13 November 2021 and Wales Millennium Centre from 22 to 27 November 2021.
Lesley Joseph will be appearing at Leicester Curve from 13 to 25 September 2021, Dartford Orchard Theatre from 10 to 15 January 2022, Millennium Forum in Derry from 7 to 12 February 2022, and Nottingham Theatre Royal from 28 March to 2 April 2022.
Saunders most recently appeared on stage as Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit at Theatre Royal Bath and at the Duke of York’s in London’s West End.
Whilst Birds of a Feather star Joseph has received rave reviews for her performance of Frau Blucher in the West End production of Mel Brooks’ musical comedy Young Frankenstein and as Miss Hannigan in the recent tour of Annie The Musical.
Sister Act the Musical features music from eight-time Academy Award-winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, book by Cheri and Bill Steinkellner and additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane.
Further casting to be announced.