Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 27 August 2014

Hill's X Factor set for next spring

Harry Hill's X Factor musical will open next year

Harry Hill's stage musical spoof about The X Factor is to open in spring next year in London's West End.

The comedy is "an affectionate poke at the world's most talked-about talent show" and casting is still to be confirmed.

Harry has teamed up with writer Steve Brown, who has worked on the comic's TV Burp show and Spitting Image, to create the show, called X Factor - It's Time To Face The Musical.

It follows the fortunes of Chenice who has never heard of the ITV talent show because she cannot pick up a signal in her caravan home due to interference from her grandfather's iron lung.

She stumbles into the audition queue, along with her talking dog, and ends up trying out for the show alongside fellow contestants such as Max, a hunky ukulele-playing plumber.

Simon Cowell's firm Syco entertainment is co-producing the stage show which will be directed by Sean Foley whose previous triumphs include the acclaimed The Play What I Wrote and, more recently, The Ladykillers.

The show, designed by Es Devlin who worked on the Olympic closing ceremony last year, will include 19 new songs.

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