Cilla – The Musical at Milton Keynes Theatre Review

30 October to 3 November 2018


Reviewed by Lindsay Jobber

I grew up watching Cilla Black on the television and remember her mostly as a down to Earth Liverpudlian TV presenter and entertainer with a great sense who always gave us a “Lorra, Lorra laughs”. But this show was a different side to Cilla Black, a side I had never seen before, this was Cilla in the 60’s, a life from nowhere to everywhere, with fame, fortune, love, heartbreak and fight back along the way. Wow what a show!

I took along my mum to Milton Keynes Theatre. We have visited this theatre several times and have always been very well looked after. It’s a lovely theatre situated in the heart of Milton Keynes surrounded by very a large choice of bars and restaurants. Parking is right outside the theatre, everything there is easy and hassle free. The theatre has a lovely atmosphere, with a great team of friendly staff, always on hand and happy to help.

The show began on time, and from the opening scene at the infamous Cavern Club, in Liverpool, we just knew it was going to be a great show. Kara Lily Hayworth was amazing as Cilla, we were blown away, she looked and sounded just like her, her voice was simply stunning.

Cilla The Musical is based on the heart-warming TV drama, written by BAFTA award winning Jeff Pope. It’s a beautiful love story whilst telling the story of Cilla’s amazing singing career.

Alexander Patmore played Cilla’s doting partner/road manager Bobby Willis brilliantly. The whole cast were excellent throughout. Ex Coronation Street star Andrew Lancel played music entrepreneur Brian Epstein, who also managed the Beatles. This wonderful story also showed how the Beatles played a big part in helping Cilla carve out her music career.

The live music was superb, and the 60’s stage sets looked fantastic, including scenes from Abbey Road. The lights and costume changes were breath-taking.

The finale was amazing, the cast had the whole audience clapping along just before they ended the show with a well-deserved standing ovation.

Due to the sad passing of Cilla Black in 2015, sadly she never got to see the show, but no doubt she would have been proud. We loved it from start to finish. If you liked the TV drama, you will love this.

Don’t miss out!

Rating: 5/5

Tickets cost from £13 to £53.90 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).

Cilla – The Musical is at Milton Keynes Theatre from 30 October to 3 November 2018, for more information or to book tickets visit or call the box office on 0844 8717652.

Milton Keynes Theatre, 500 Marlborough Gate, Milton Keynes, Bucks, MK9 3NZ

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