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Dianne Pilkington in Master Class at the Vaudeville Theatre

Tuesday, 27th Dec 2011  


Back in November it was revealed that Tyne Daly would be starring in “Master Class” at the Vaudeville Theatre following the production’s successful appearance on Broadway. The show is set to open in the New Year and further cast members have now been added to the list, including “Wicked” star Dianne Pilkington, who has just been revealed as the performer set to portray Sophie De Palma.

The rest of the cast has been announced as Naomi O’Connell, Gerard Carey, Garrett Sorenson and Jeremy Cohen. Stephen Wadsworth directs.

Dianne Pilkington has appeared in a wide range of west end shows over the years, in both the touring and London versions, and the best known of these is “Wicked” at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in which she portrayed Glinda the Good Witch from 2007 to 2010. She also appeared in “The 39 Steps” at the Criterion Theatre, “Tonight’s the Night” at The Victoria Palace Theatre, “Cats” on a UK National tour, “She Loves Me” at the Chichester Festival Theatre and understudied in “Les Misérables” and “The Beautiful Game” early in her career. Pilkington has also been the recipient of awards and nominations during her time in the West End.

In “Master Class” we follow the character of Mara Callas (Daly), a woman who provides a master class for her student and as a result is an extroverted pedagogue with mixed views of those studying under her. We witness one of these famous master classes late in her career as she encourages people to follow her path, which included great sacrifices and achievements and made her one of the most famous singers around. As a result we get a glimpse at her life leading up to the moment and all of the interested endeavours she embarked upon.

The Vaudeville Theatre is currently the home to two shows running at different times – “Swallows and Amazons” and “Potted Panto” – and they both continue to the beginning of January.

“Master Class” is set to follow at the venue from Tuesday 7th February 2012 (with previews from Saturday 21st January 2012) and continues to Saturday 28th April 2012.

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