News: Casting announced for The Drifters Girl UK and Ireland tour

Michael Harrison and David Ian are delighted to announce casting for the first-ever UK and Ireland tour of The Drifters Girl, the acclaimed new West End musical which tells the remarkable story of one of the world’s greatest vocal groups and the woman who made them.

Carly Mercedes Dyer, former star of Six the Musical and who delighted audiences with her performances as Erma in Anything Goes, will play music industry change-maker, Faye Treadwell.

Carly will star alongside Ashford Campbell (who hit UK screens in ITV’s The X Factor as member of The Risk and now continues his journey with The Drifters Girl having performed as part of the West End company), Miles Anthony Daley (Tina Turner: The Musical, Aldwych Theatre; Choir of Man, Arts Theatre), Tarik Frimpong (The Wiz, Hope Mill Theatre; Aladdin, Prince Edward Theatre) and Dalton Harris, who won The X Factor in 2018.

Today’s casting announcement also welcomes Jaydah Bell-Ricketts (A Little Princess, Royal Festival Hall; School Of Rock, Gillian Lynne Theatre) to her first touring role as Girl.

Completing the cast is Loren AndersonTre Copeland-WilliamsEthan DavisMatthew Dawkins and Linseigh Green.

See for full cast biographies.

Having played to packed houses and nightly standing ovations at the Garrick Theatre in London’s West End (following a triumphant run at Newcastle’s Theatre Royal), the production recently announced a UK Tour to open in 2023, with performances beginning at the Mayflower TheatreSouthampton, on Tuesday 12th September 2023.

Following huge public demand, initial tour dates were extended through to 2024, where it now concludes in Cardiff, in May 2024. A full list of tour dates follows.

Telling the remarkable story of The Drifters, one of the world’s greatest vocal groups, and the truth about the woman who made them. Faye Treadwell is the legendary manager of The Drifters who fought for three decades alongside her husband (George Treadwell) to turn Atlantic Records’ hottest vocal group into a global phenomenon.

From the highs of hit records and sell-out tours to the lows of legal battles and personal tragedy, The Drifters Girl charts the trailblazing efforts of the world’s first African American female music manager and how she refused to ever give up on the group she loved. Thirty years and hundreds of hit songs later, there is no doubt that Faye Treadwell was and always will be, The Drifters Girl.

The Drifters Girl boasts an incredible soundtrack of some of the most famous songs in history, including Save The Last Dance For Me,Under The BoardwalkKissin In The Back Row Of The MoviesStand By MeCome On Over To My PlaceSaturday Night At The Movies and many more.

The Drifters Girl, with a book by Ed Curtis, is based on an idea by Tina Treadwell and is co-created by Beverley KnightAdam J BernardTarinn CallenderMatt Henry and Tosh Wanogho-Maud. It is directed by Jonathan Church. Set design is by Anthony Ward, choreography by Karen Bruce, costume design by Fay Fullerton, lighting design by Ben Cracknell, sound design by Tom Marshall, video design by Andrzej Goulding, orchestrations by Chris Egan and Will Stuart as Musical Supervisor. 

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Tue 12th – Sat 16th September  Box Office: 023 8071 1811
Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Tue 19th – Sat 23rd September   Box Office: 01603 630 000
Theatre Royal, Norwich

Tue 26th – Sat 30th September    Box Office: 0114 249 6000
Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Tue 3rd – Sat 7th October    Box Office: 01274 432000  
Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Tue 10th – Sat 14th October   Box Office: 0844 871 3019
Opera House, Manchester

Tue 17th – Sat 21st October   Box Office: 01227 787 787
Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Tue 24th – Sat 28th October   Box Office: 0844 871 7652
Milton Keynes Theatre 

Tue 31st October – Sat 4th November Box Office: 0116 242 3595
Curve Theatre, Leicester 

Tue 7th – Sat 11th November   Box Office: 01702 351135
Cliffs Pavilion Southend

Tue 14th – Sat 18th November  Box Office: 08448 11 21 21
Theatre Royal, Newcastle

Tue 21st – Sat 25th November  Box Office: 0844 871 7645
New Victoria Theatre, Woking

Tue 28th November – Sat 2nd December   Box Office: 01322 220000     
Orchard Theatre, Dartford 


Tue 9th – Sat 13th January   Box Office: 03330 096 690
Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol

Tue 16th – Sat 20th January   Box Office: 03330 096 690
Regent Theatre, Stoke

Tue 23rd – Sat 27th January   Box Office: 01492 872000
Venue Cymru, Llandudno

Tue 30th January – Sat 3rd February  Box Office: 08187 19377
Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin

Tue 6th – Sat 10th February   Box Office: 028 9024 1919
Grand Opera House, Belfast

Tue 13th – Sat 17th February  Box Office: 01752 267 222
Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Tue 20th – 24th February   Box Office: 0115 989 5555
Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Tue 27th February – Sat 2nd March  Box Office: Box Office: 03330 096 690
Empire Theatre, Liverpool

Tue 5th – Sat 9th March   Box Office: 03330 096 690
New Theatre, Oxford

Tue 12th – Sat 16th March      Box Office: 01482 300 306
New Theatre, Hull

Tue 19th– Sat 23rd March   Box Office: 0113 243 0808
Grand Theatre, Leeds  

Tue 26th – Sat 30th March   Box Office: 03330 096 690
Empire Theatre, Sunderland

Tue 2nd – Sat 6th April   Box Office: 01224 641 122  
His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen  

Tue 9th – Sat 13th April   Box Office: 03330 096 690
King’s Theatre, Glasgow   

Tue 16th – Sat 20th April   Box Office: 0844 338 5000
Hippodrome Theatre, Birmingham  

Tue 23rd – Sat 27th April   Box Office: 0343 310 0020
Churchill Theatre, Bromley

Tue 30th April – Sat 4th May   Box Office: 03330 096 690
Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh

Tue 7th – Sat 11th May   Box Office: 029 2063 6464
Wales Millenium Centre, Cardiff

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