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NEWS: Jennifer Saunders will star in select performances of the Sister Act tour

Jennifer Saunders will reprise her role as Mother Superior in select performances for the UK tour of Sister Act The Musical.

The rescheduled UK and Ireland tour will now open on 7 September 2021 at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton and then continues into 2022 to new and rescheduled venues in the UK and Ireland. The tour follows the run in London at The Eventim Apollo which stars Saunders and Whoopi Goldberg which will open on 20 July 2021 and run until 29 August. Full listings for the tour and London can be found below. Further dates to be announced.

Saunders will play Mother Superior at the following venues, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton (7-11 September 2021), Manchester Palace Theatre (27 September-9 October 2021), Birmingham Hippodrome (2-13 November 2021) and Wales Millennium Centre (22-27 November 2021).

Mother Superior will be played by Lesley Joseph in the following venues, Leicester Curve (13-25 September 2021), Dartford Orchard Theatre (10-15 January 2022), Millennium Forum in Derry (7-12 February 2022), and Nottingham Theatre Royal (28 March-2 April 2022).

The previously announced Brenda Edwards and Clive Rowe will play Deloris Van Cartier and Eddie Souther at selected venues.

Sister Act has direction by Bill Buckhurst, choreography by Alistair David, set and costume design by Morgan Large,  lighting design by Tim Mitchell, sound design by Tom Marshall and musical supervision by Stephen Brooker. Casting is by Stuart Burt.

The musical features original music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, and book by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner with additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane.


Jennifer Saunders is a multi award-winning actress, comedian and writer. She is one half of the successful comedy duo French and Saunders and also wrote and starred in five series, three specials and a feature film of her hit comedy Absolutely Fabulous. Her many other TV credits include writing and starring in Jam and Jerusalem and guest starring in Friends and Roseanne. Film credits include the voice of the evil Fairy Godmother in Shrek 2. On stage she has appeared in Lady Windermere’s Fan at the Vaudeville Theatre and Blithe Spirit at Bath Theatre Royal and Duke of York’s Theatre in the West End. Sister Act the musical will mark Saunders’ musical theatre debut.

Lesley Joseph is best known for playing Dorien Green in the hugely successful sitcom Birds of a Feather alongside Pauline Quirke and Linda Robson. They recorded over 100 episodes over a period of nine years and returned to our screens in 2014 for a further three series. Joseph most recently appeared as Frau Blucher in the West End production of the Mel Brooks musical Young Frankenstein for which she received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical. Her other theatre credits include Miss Hannigan in Annie at the West End’s Victoria Palace and also on national tour as well as the touring productions of Calendar Girls and Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Brenda Edwards first came to the public’s attention when she became a semi-finalist in the 2005 series of ITV1’s The X Factor. Since then, she has become one of the most sought-after leading ladies in musical theatre. Her many West End and touring credits include Killer Queen in We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre and original UK tour, Mama Morton in Chicago at the Adelphi Theatre, Nettie Fowler in Carousel at London Coliseum, Pearl Pastor in Carmen Jones at Royal Festival Hall, Esta in Moby Dick at Union Theatre and Motormouth Maybelle in Hairspray on UK tour. Edwards most recently starred in White Christmas in London’s West End at the Dominion Theatre and is a regular panellist on ITV’s Loose Women.

Clive Rowe won the Olivier award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for Guys and Dolls at the National Theatre and was also nominated for Best Supporting Performance in Carousel, also at the National Theatre. At 2009’s Oliviers, he was nominated for the Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre award for Mother Goose at Hackney Empire. His many West End and touring credits include Ladykillers at the Gielgud Theatre, Chicago at the Adelphi Theatre, Sweet Charity at the Donmar Warehouse, the UK tour of The Wind in The Willows and Me and My Girl at Chichester Festival Theatre.


from News, Reviews and Features – My Theatre Mates

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