Formerly of Girls Aloud, award-winning singer Nicola Roberts will make her stage debut in Josie Rourke’s critically acclaimed and Olivier Award-winning production of City of Angels at London’s Garrick Theatre in March 2020.
Nicola Roberts, former Girls Aloud member, takes on the role of Avril/Mallory in the West End production joining the already announced Hadley Fraser (Les Misérables, Young Frankenstein), Rosalie Craig (Company), Rebecca Trehearn (Show Boat) and Emmy and Grammy Award nominee Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives), making her West End debut.
Nicola Roberts said:
“I am delighted that Josie and the production have chosen me to be Mallory for City of Angels. To make my acting debut in this show and to work with such a fantastic company of actors and Josie Rourke is a dream come true for me.”
Josie Rourke, director of City of Angels said: “It's exciting to add another dynamite voice, and stellar presence to this revival of City of Angels. Nicola is an exceptional talent, who brings wit and intelligence to the role and the production. Although she's no stranger to the stage, I'm honoured to be the director for her West End debut.”
Originally presented at the DonmarWarehouse, City of Angels will play at the Garrick Theatre for a limited season, with previews from 5 March 2020, reuniting the production’s entire creative team. The show has a score by Cy Coleman, a book by Larry Gelbart and lyrics by David Zippel. Choreographer Stephen Mear joins Rourke in the creative team.
Nicola Roberts is a multi-award-winning singer-songwriter, whose career spans over almost two decades. Her passion for music and the arts started at a very young age. She enrolled into The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA), where she was a part of numerous shows and singing competitions. Her music career took off in 2002 when she became part of one of the UK’s biggest girl band Girls Aloud. Later down the line Roberts began her solo career as a singer-songwriter, releasing her critically acclaimed debut solo album in 2011, Cinderella Eyes. Since then she has gone on to write for numerous artists worldwide.
Away from her musical career Roberts commits a lot of time to helping charities working with underprivileged children around the UK. She is an ambassador for Barnardo’s Young Supporters Charity and visits the children at their schools and events regularly.