A brand new production of Sister Act will tour the UK in 2020, including a run in London.
Producers Jamie Wilson and Whoopi Goldberg have announced that the new production will open at Leicester's Curve Theatre on 21 April 2020, playing until May 2.
The production will then tour the UK with stays in Leeds, Newcastle, Sheffield and Manchester confirmed so far, as well as a season in London.
Brenda Edwards will lead the cast in the role of Deloris Van Cartier which has been specially rewritten for the new production.
Producer Jamie Wilson said: “I am thrilled to be collaborating again with Alan Menken, Glenn Slater, Douglas Carter Beane and Whoopi Goldberg to create a new version of Sister Act, in particular, reworking the part of Deloris for an older actor and I’m so pleased that the hugely talented Brenda Edwards will launch this production for us.
"I’m also delighted to be continuing our relationship with Curve in Leicester by developing this new production with them, and I’m equally pleased that this production will be visiting other regional theatres ahead of a London run next Summer. We will be announcing our full creative team, further casting and some more surprises this autumn!”
Whoopi Goldberg added: “Deloris is a big fun character with lots of personality! Brenda auditioned for this show when it first happened in the UK and didn’t get the part because she was too old, so we’ve rectified that! Previous versions have had Deloris as a 23-year-old – but there are different stakes when you’re older.
"You can be much more irreverent when you’re older than you can be when you’re in your twenties and thirties. Time makes you funnier! I really am so thrilled Sister Act is coming back to the UK in 2020 with this new version”.
Further casting and creative teams will be confirmed in due course.
Based on the hit movie, Sister Act tells the story of a singer who is forced to join a convent after being placed in a witness protection program.
Sister Act features music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, book by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner with additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane.
For tickets, dates and venues visit sisteractthemusical.co.uk.