Multi-platinum selling recording artist and songwriter Matt Cardle, who rose to fame winning the seventh series of ITVs The X Factor, is joining the cast of Memphis The Musical.
Cardle takes over from Killian Donnelly to star as radio DJ Huey Calhoun from July 6.
Matt joins Queen of British Soul, Beverley Knight, who extends her run as club singer Felicia Farrell through to October.
Matt Cardle says: “I’m thrilled to be making my acting and West End debut in Memphis.
“From the first time I saw the show I felt I had a real connection with the character of Huey.
“It’s no secret that I worked for many years before my breakthrough as a musician. I started my first band when I was 12 years old and spent at least 15 years recording albums and sending demos to record companies before finally having my voice heard.
“It was the united love from family and friends, similar to that at the heart of the Memphis story, that saw me through.
“I am truly honoured to be sharing the stage with the incredible Beverley Knight, I’ve admired her work for such a long time and can’t wait to get started in the show”.
Beverley Knight says: “I can’t wait to continue my Memphis journey into the autumn with Matt – who will be a fantastic addition to our Memphis family.
“We all know he has a “fantastical” voice; I think many will be wonderfully surprised by his ability on stage. We are all going to miss Killian when he leaves but his last few weeks will be party time at the show! Bring it all on! Hockadoo!”
Booking for Memphis at the Shaftesbury Theatre continues through to the end of its scheduled run in the West End on October 31 with early plans in progress for a major tour of the UK and Ireland from Autumn 2016.