Matt Cardle is following in the footsteps of Shayne Ward and Ronan Keating by treading the boards in the West End.
The former X Factor winner will star in Memphis, replacing Killian Donnelly who is leaving the production to take the lead in the new Kinky Boots musical. Matt will appear alongside Beverley Knight for three months from July 6th.
He said “I’m thrilled to be making my acting and West End debut in Memphis. From the first time I saw the show, I felt I had a real connection with the character of Huey. It’s no secret that I worked for many years before my breakthrough as a musician.
“I started my first band when I was 12 years old and spent at least 15 years recording albums and sending demos to record companies before finally having my voice heard. It was the united love from family and friends, similar to that at the heart of the Memphis story, that saw me through.
“I am truly honoured to be sharing the stage with the incredible Beverley Knight. I’ve admired her work for such a long time, and can’t wait to get started in the show”.
Beverley Knight added: “I can’t wait to continue my Memphis journey into the autumn with Matt – who will be a fantastic addition to our Memphis family. We all know he has a fantastical voice; I think many will be wonderfully surprised by his ability on stage.
“We are all going to miss Killian when he leaves, but his last few weeks will be party time at the show! Bring it all on! Hockadoo!”
Tickets are available via http://memphisthemusical.com/