MUSICAL stars will bring a touch of West End glamour to the theatre where they met 16 years ago.
After following their dreams all the way to the capital, Stevie Tate-Bauer, 28, and Lydia Griffiths, 27, will put on a cabaret performance later this month.
The pair will embark on a three-night run at the Forum Studio Theatre, Chester at the end of July.
They met as 11- and 12- year-olds in a production of Annie – in which Stevie was Annie – at the Gateway in 1992 and they struck up an instant rapport. They now share a flat in London and are producing and directing their homecoming show themselves.
Stevie has graced the stage as Rusty in Footloose, Charlotte Sowerberry in Oliver!, and Susan Hershey in a tour of The Full Monty as well as performances overseas.
In 1997, Lydia won the second series of Jonathan Ross’ Big Big Talent Show and performed for the Queen at the Royal Variety Show later that year, aged just 16. She has also understudied and played the roles of Eponine and Cosette in Les Miserables at the Palace Theatre, London and starred in the musical Napoleon.
They will perform songs from the shows they have starred in, other current shows and popular songs, singing duets and solos accompanied by a pianist and are promising something a “bit different” from what they have done in the past.
Lydia explained: “We kind of adopted each other as sisters and now she can’t get rid of me!”
Stevie, a former Queen’s Park High School pupil, is currently understudy for the lead role in the West End production of Lord of the Rings, at Theatre Royal, where she has starred 60 times as royal elf Galadriel.
Lydia will be touring Australia, New Zealand and Singapore with West End show Abba Mania.
She said: “It’s going to be quite strange coming back. This is the last thing I’ll be doing with Stevie for a while.”
There’s No Place Like Home opens on July 24, 25 and 26 at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 and concessions are £8. Call the box office on 01244 341296 or online at www.tiptopproductions.co.uk.