Rollers in, lacquer on! The Salon is opening at the Epstein Theatre
Liverpool ladies love their locks – and the secrets of the salon are about to be revealed thanks to the return of Drew Quayle’s hit comedy to the city stage.
Regal Entertainments’ production of The Salon is set to come to the Epstein Theatre following a popular run at St Helens Theatre Royal. It is guaranteed to cause laughter lines aplenty when it comes to the Hanover Street venue next week from Monday 21 – Saturday 26 May.
The cast were in Liverpool today, and took time out from rehearsals for a photoshoot in city centre salon House Of Hair.
The show’s stellar cast includes TOWIE’s Harry Derbidge, Radio City’s Leanne Campbell, Blood Brothers and Rita, Sue and Bob Too! star Olivia Sloyan and Brookside and Benidorm’s Philip Olivier. Completing the line-up is Brookside’s Sarah White and Emmerdale’s Peter Amory.
TOWIE favourite Harry Derbidge makes a flamboyant return to tread the boards after delighting audiences with his hysterical performance as PC Noodle in the 2016 St Helens Christmas panto Aladdin.
Radio City breakfast host Leanne Campbell is always an audience favourite. She played Carol in The Salon at St Helens Theatre Royal in 2011, and is well-known to Liverpool audiences through her many panto appearances and other stage roles.
Olivia Sloyan’s theatre credits include Princess Jasmine in Aladdin, and both Linda and Brenda in Blood Brothers, and Sue in Rita, Sue and Bob Too!
Liverpool’s Philip Olivier spent seven years playing Tinhead in Brookside. Stage appearances include Yogi in The Ale House at St Helens Theatre Royal and The Dome in Liverpool, and Dirty Harry in the UK tour of Never Forget.
Sarah White is best known as Bev McLoughlin in Brookside, where her dramatic storylines saw her have a baby with her boyfriend’s son. Her stage appearances include Margy in The Morris at the Liverpool Everyman, Rita in three UK tours of Naked Truth, and Deborah in Mums.
And while he’s known to audiences as Emmerdale’s Chris Tate, Peter Amory has an impressive theatre pedigree, with roles including John in Don’t Look Now, Gordon in Neville’s Island and Bill in An Evening With Gary Lineker.
For those that want perfect nails, a relaxing massage or a perfect perm then there are plenty of places to go, but for jealousy, bitchiness and gossip look no further than ‘Curl Up and Dye’.
The average day at this hair and beauty salon involves shouting, crying and singing, with the odd beauty treatment thrown in for good measure. Carol, Sheila and Tia are trying to deal with customers while all around them their lives are blown about like a loose ‘set’ in a high wind.
Carol wants to find true love, Tia wants to be a pop star and Sheila just wants a toy boy. Mix in a camp-as-Christmas boss, a plastic gangster who is trying to take over the salon, a hysterical drama queen, and a whole lot of vodka, and it all adds up to a brilliantly funny night out.
For all those ladies that have lost their other halves to the Liverpool Champions League final, why not get the girls together for a fun night out and witness all the hilarious antics that unfold at The Salon. Those that arrive early enough on the Saturday 26 May 8pm performance will also be welcomed with a free glass of fizz on arrival.
The show was originally produced by Regal Entertainments for St Helens Theatre Royal in 2009 and was so well received it went on to Liverpool’s Royal Court for a four-week run. It then returned for another dose of hilarity in St Helens in 2011, and most recently in November 2017.
Producer Chantelle Nolan said: “It was great to get all the cast together for the photoshoot this morning, everyone had a ball and they really got in to character. I didn’t let them loose near any scissors but there was lots of hilarious fun going on.
“They all work so well together and that really comes across on stage. They are all fantastic performers and I am so excited for audiences of Liverpool to see the show when we open next week!”