After opening to a plethora of five-star reviews earlier this year, The Girls is continuing to thrill audiences at the Phoenix Theatre in London’s glittering West End. Led by a cast of six stage stalwarts, who were collectively nominated for an Olivier Award, the production boasts a soundtrack by Take That star Gary Barlow and his childhood friend and playwright extraordinaire Tim Firth.
The musical is based on the much-loved real life story of a group of Yorkshire housewives who made a nude calendar to raise money for charity.
One of the sextet of wondrous women is played by West End favourite Sophie-Louise Dann. The celebrated actress has been previously Olivier nominated for her portrayal of Diana Divine in Lend Me a Tenor, but now brings her wealth of talent to the role of the voluptuous Celia in The Girls.
We met Sophie for an impromptu cuppa and challenged her to take our Sugar Rush Quiz.
What are you currently working on?
What is the one thing that has helped you to become successful?
Belief in yourself and knowing what you bring to the table
What is your favourite Book?
Oh gosh! There are so many but I’ll have to say Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.
What are you currently watching on TV?
I do a lot of Iplayer watching because I commute from the coast so I have just downloaded the ‘Babs’ documentary, about Barbara Windsor. I’m a big fan of Samantha Spiro, as we started our careers off together a long time ago. She’s fabulous.
Would you choose the cinema, theatre or a restaurant for a night out?
Because I work in the theatre I’m going to go with a restaurant.
What’s your favourite sweet?
I’m an old-fashioned girl. I like a rhubarb and custard or a lemon sherbet.
What did you want to be when you were a child?
It was very clear what made me tick when I was six. I knew I wanted to be on the stage and I’ve fulfilled that dream I suppose.
What was the naughtiest thing you did when you were a child?
I broke my mum’s fingers! I had a tantrum and broke my mum’s fingers because I wanted a pair of dungarees in a shop window. I was a hateful child. My mother always said I turned into a delightful adult.
What is your proudest achievement to date?
Proud, that’s a weird word isn’t it? I guess for recognition in this industry, I’ve been nominated twice for an Olivier Award.
I can’t really say. I want to fulfill my lovely time with The Girls and we’re going very nicely, but there are a few things buzzing around for next year.