Diana Vickers

It has been announced that Diana Vickers, of X-Factor fame, will star in the 2017 national tour of the new musical Son of a Preacher Man and will be joined by Debra Stephenson known for Coronation Street and Bad Girls.

The production will embark on a national tour  from Bromley’s Churchill Theatre on 4th September.

Tickets for the tour are now on sale.


Diana Vickers is best known for being a semi-finalist on the X-Factor and made her professional acting debut in the title role of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice in 2009.

Since then, her theatre credits include The Duck House, Hatched ‘n’ Dispatched, and The Rocky Horror Show. Her film and television credits include The Perfect Wave, Awaiting, To Dream, Give Out Girls and Top Coppers.

Debra Stephenson’s credits include The Friday Night Project, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special, Comic Relief Does Fame Academy and Let’s Dance For Sports Relief. As a comedic impressionist she is best known as star of BBC One’s The Impressions Show.

Further casting is to be announced shortly.

Debra Stephenson

Pictured: Debra Stephenson

Synopsis: Son of a Preacher Man

The setting of the show is the Preacher Man, the swinging 1960s Soho joint where the kids used to dance the night away to the latest crazes and dare to dream of love, while the legendary owner, The Preacher Man, dispensed advice to cure the loneliest of hearts.

The story follows three strangers who are randomly brought together some time after the joint has closed down. They return to The Preacher Man venue in search of what was once there.

Son of a Preacher Man features the soulful music of Dusty Springfield, with a book by Warner Brown and directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood.

Choreographer Craig Revel Horwood, said: ‘I am delighted to bring to life for the very first time this wonderful story created by Warner Brown, with soulful songs from the legendary Dusty Springfield’s iconic music catalogue. I hope that audiences in York will come to love this warm-hearted and uplifting new musical as much as I do.’

The show features songs such as The Look Of Love, I Only Want To Be With You, Spooky and Son Of A Preacher Man.

Selected tour dates

  • Bromley’s Churchill Theatre: 4th – 9th September
  • Birmingham Alexandra Theatre: 12th - 16th September 2017
  • Manchester palace Theatre: 26th - 30th September 2017
  • Stoke Regent Theatre: 10th - 14th October 2017
  • Edinburgh Kings Theatre: 17th - 21st October 2017
  • Hull New Theatre - 7th- 11th November 2017
  • Wycombe Swan Theatre: 28th November - 2nd December 2017
  • Nottingham Theatre Royal: 30th January - 3rd February 2018
  • Blackpool Grand Theatre: 20th - 24th March 2018
For more information, visit www.sonofapreachermanmusical.com