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Who was Cilla Black, when did she host Blind Date and where can I see Cilla The Musical?

CILLA Black was a star of stage and screen and now her story is being told in a brand new theatrical production touring the country.

Cilla the Musical celebrates the life of the much-loved singer and TV presenter and stars Kara Lily Hayworth in the title role.

Cilla Black was a popular English TV presenter and actress who celebrated over 50 years in showbiz.

She is most known for hosting Blind Date and Surprise Surprise.

The much-loved host passed away at her holiday home in Spain in 2015 at the age of 72, with her sons confirming she had died from a stroke after a fall.

She married her husband Bobby Willis in 1969 and the couple had three sons together and a daughter who tragically only lived for a few hours.

Cilla, who was born Priscilla Maria Veronica White, hosted the popular show in the 1980s and 1990s and it quickly became a Saturday night favourite.

The show involved a contestant asking questions to three hidden members of the opposite sex.

They would then pick one of the three to take on a date thanks to their personality.

Cilla quit in 2003 after ratings of the show, which ran for 373 episodes, fell to less than 3 million viewers.

Cilla the Musical is currently touring across the UK.

Here's where the tour will be visiting…


Cilla the Musical tracks the rise of one of Britain’s best-loved entertainers, Cilla Black.

The story is based on a critically acclaimed hit ITV television series by BAFTA Award winner, Jeff Pope.

It begins with a young John Lennon introducing Pricilla White to music mogul Brian Epstein – which changes her life forever.

As the tale of the teenage girl from Liverpool progresses, Cilla soon becomes a No.1 recording artist, TV presenter and national treasure.

The score of the new musical has been made to reflect the swinging 60s.

Songs include Cilla’s greatest hits, such as Anyone Who Had a Heart, Alfie and Something Tells Me.

These tunes will be joined with more famous tracks from the era, including Twist and Shout by the Beatles and California Dreamin' by The Mamas and The Papas.


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