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  • Writer's pictureNeill Kovacic-Clarke



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 a 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; The Choir of Man), Tarik Frimpong (The Wiz; Aladdin) and Dalton Harris, who won The X factor in 2018.

The casting announcement also welcomes Jaydah Bell-Ricketts (A Little Princess; School of Rock) to her first touring role as Girl.

Completing the cast is Ethan Davis (who was part of the original West End company of The Drifters Girl), Loren Anderson, Tré Copeland-Williams, Matthew Dawkins and Linseigh Green.

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 September 2023, with performances beginning at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton.

Following huge public demand, initial tour dates were extended through to May 2024 where it now concludes in Cardiff. A full list of tour dates and links to tickets can be found at the bottom of this article.

The Drifters Girl tells the remarkable story of The Drifters, one of the world’s greatest vocal groups, and the woman that 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 Boardwalk, Kissin’ In The Back Row Of The Movies, Stand By Me, Come On Over To My Place, Saturday 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 original stars of the show Beverley Knight, Adam J Bernard, Tarinn Callender, Matt Henry and Tosh Wanogho-Maud. It is directed by Jonathan Church with set design 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.


12th September - 16th September 2023

Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

19th September - 23rd September 2023

Theatre Royal, Norwich

16th September - 30th September 2023

Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

3rd October - 7th October 2023

The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

10th October - 14th October 2023

Opera House, Manchester

17th October - 21st October 2023

Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

24th October - 28th October 2023

Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes

31st October - 4th November 2023

Curve Theatre, Leicester

7th November - 11th November 2023

Cliffs Pavilion, Southend

14th November - 18th November 2023

Theatre Royal, Newcastle

21st November - 25th November 2023

New Victoria Theatre, Woking

28th November - 2nd December 2023

Orchard Theatre, Dartford

9th January - 13th January 2024

Hippodrome, Bristol

16th January - 20th January 2024

Regent Theatre, Stoke-On-Trent

23rd January - 27th January 2024

Venue Cymru, Llandudno

30th January - 3rd February 2024

Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin

6th February - 10th February 2024

Grand Opera House, Belfast

13th February - 17th February 2024

Theatre Royal, Plymouth

20th February - 24th February 2024

Theatre Royal, Nottingham

27th February - 2nd March 2024

Empire, Liverpool

5th March - 9th March 2024

New Theatre, Oxford

12th March - 16th March 2024

New Theatre, Hull

19th March - 23rd March 2024

Grand Theatre, Leeds

26th March - 30th March 2024

Empire, Sunderland

2nd April - 6th April 2024

His Majesty’s, Aberdeen

9th April - 13th April 2024

King’s Theatre, Glasgow

16th April - 20th April 2024

Hippodrome, Birmingham

23rd April - 27th April 2024

Churchill Theatre, Bromley

30th April - 4th May 2024

Playhouse, Edinburgh

7th May - 11th May 2024

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Neill Kovacic-Clarke

Please note: To the best of my knowledge, all details in this article are correct at the time of publishing.


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