Cilla – The Musical at the Waterside Theatre Aylesbury Review

10-14 April 2018


Reviewed by Amanda Browne

If you see one show this year… make it Cilla The Musical.

We were amongst a packed-out crowd in the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury tonight (10 April 2018) to see Cilla The Musical. I can almost certainly say that no one left disappointed.

The show is many things, an insight to an incredible couples love story, a snapshot of the music of the 60s featuring some pretty big bands, played out with a background of family struggles including religion. In the main it centres on Cilla, and quite rightly so.

Although Kara Lily Hayworth is not Cilla Black per se, she undoubtedly captures her perfectly… she’s probably a far far better singer, but none the less, a very credible superstar. Undoubtedly a star Kara is quite simply amazing, I am unsure which song put the hairs up on the back of my neck the most but stand out songs were of course Anyone who had a heart, Alfie and Step inside Love.

Set in Liverpool the show picks up with Cilla at the very start of her career and travels a journey with her and Bobby Willis her one true love and Manager. Carl Au as Bobby is fab and can also hold a tune, pretty good to look at too! The show includes the mighty Beatles, who were amazing to listen to, Brian Epstein played by Andrew Lancel also features hugely, several other bands or names from the music industry with whom if you followed the music of that era would know as household names.

If I’m honest there’s nothing not to praise in this hugely entertaining show, the humour, sadness and the most fabulous soundtrack playing. The whole cast make this show work, the costumes are great and Cilla wears some stunning outfits. The whole thing just left me wanting more. It’s just stunning and works so so well. My mum said she went on such an emotional journey during the show as so many tunes bought back memories of seeing the actual stars back in the day.

Cilla-sastional is the only way to describe one of the most sensational shows I have seen for some time. Kara Lily Hayworth remember that name, for a star has surely been born. The standing ovation was hugely deserved by all. Go see it, I am sure you really won’t be disappointed.

Rating: 5/5

Tickets cost from £17.90 to £59.90 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).

Cilla – The Musical is at the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury from 10-14 April 2018, for more information or to book tickets visit or call the box office on 0844 871 7607.

Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP20 1UG | 0844 871 7607

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