Duo back on stage for Evita

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Award-winning duo Darren Lewis and Leonie Dial are set to return to the Alnwick Playhouse stage.

The pair will be joining the rest of the Alnwick Stage Musical Society (ASMS) cast for a run of Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s Evita at the Playhouse.

The show is the society’s 30th anniversary production, and runs from Tuesday, March 21 to Sunday, March 26.

Leonie Dial won a NODA Award for her performance in last year’s multi-award winning sell-out show Sister Act. She won the prize for individual performance, beating fellow ASMS actor Darren Lewis, who was nominated for the same award. The society itself took the prize for best production.

This is Leonie’s third season with ASMS, returning after her critically acclaimed performances as Nancy in Oliver and Deloris van Cartier in Sister Act.

This year she plays the role of Peron’s mistress, who is dismissed.

This is Darren’s second season with ASMS, returning after his wonderful portrayal of Eddie in Sister Act last year.

In Evita he follows in the footsteps of Antonio Banderas, who made the role of Che famous in the 1996 hit film.

Norman Luke, director of this year’s show, said: “We are thrilled to have both Leonie and Darren back with us for this year’s show.

“Darren has a huge role as the narrator, who is rarely off stage, and Leonie shines in the role of Peron’s slighted mistress, singing the song made famous by Barbara Dickson, Another Suitcase in Another Hall, with great tenderness.”

The big musical numbers in the show include Oh What a Circus, Don’t Cry for Me Argentina, Buenos Aires and High Flying Adored.