Harry Hill's X-Factor Musical Headed for the West End
X-Factor – It’s Time To Face The Musical will appear in the West End Next Year with Sean Foley Directing
Interesting news from the West End this week as it is announced that Harry Hill’s musical about the television series The X-Factor will be headed to an as-yet-unannounced venue in 2014. So far only the plot and creative team has been revealed, with the venue and cast left to guesswork. However, considering the appeal of both the ITV show and Hill, it is likely to attract a great deal of attention over the next year.
X Factor – It’s Time To Face The Musical is described as an ‘affectionate’ look at the ITV talent show and will focus on the character of Chenice, who is perhaps one of the only people in the world never to have heard of The X-Factor as her father’s iron lung interferes with her television reception. So when she joins the queue for the latest bout of auditions it is completely by accident and she hasn’t a clue what she’s in for. Soon she meets others with varying abilities in the field before rocketing to stardom.
The plot is close to the one offered up by the producers of Spice Girls musical Viva Forever, which also focuses on stardom granted to a talent show contestant. That show is currently running at the Piccadilly Theatre with stars Sally Ann Triplett and Hannah John-Kamen.
Harry Hill is a comedian who has appeared in a wealth of television shows over the last couple of decades, with his best known taking the form of Harry Hill’s TV Burp, which ran from 2002 to 2011. His other television appearances have included Whatever Happened To Harry Hill, An Audience With Harry Hill, Harry Hill and Fruit Fancies, among others.
Meanwhile, director Sean Foley’s work can already be seen in the capital this year in the form of Graham Linehan’s famous adaptation of The Ladykillers, which returns to the capital at the Vaudeville Theatre in June. He directs whilst ZooNation (Some Like It Hip Hop) also join the creative team.
No dates have been confirmed for X Factor – It’s Time To Face The Musical, but expect further information to emerge over the next year.