Hateley and Douwes Will Be West End Chicago's Killer Dillers Again

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Linzi Hateley and Pia Douwes will return to the West End's Chicago in the roles of Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, respectively, which they previously played during the show's run at the Cambridge Theatre.

They will begin performances Sept. 14, continuing through Oct. 24. They replace Destiny's Child star Michelle Williams and Tiffany Graves, currently in the show through Sept. 12.

Hateley has done previous stints in the show from November 2002 to September 2003, January to April 2006 and August to September 2006.

Hateley, who made her professional debut at the age of 17 in the title role of the original Royal Shakespeare Company of the musical Carrie in 1988 and subsequently transferred to Broadway's Virginia Theatre, has been a leading lady of the London stage in the years since. Her major roles have included Eponine in Les Miserables, the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Rizzo in Grease, the RSC's production of The Secret Garden (first at Sratford-upon-Avon, then in the West End), Mrs. Banks in the original production of Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre, and a two-year stint as Donna Sheridan in Mamma Mia!, which she will return to in autumn 2009.

 Dutch musical actress Douwes has previously played the role in the Dutch premiere of the show in 1999, before reprising it in 2004 in London and subsequently also on Broadway. In Europe, she has appeared in productions of Little Shop of Horrors, Cats, Les Miserables, Grease and Evita, among others, as well as originating the title role in the world premiere of the German musical Elisabeth in Vienna, Austria.

Hateley and Douwes join Ian Kelsey, David Ganly and Di Botcher, who continue as Billy Flynn, Amos Hart and Mama Morton respectively, also through Oct. 24. 
Chicago is currently booking to Oct. 30, 2010. To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 412 4652, or visit www.chicagothemusical.co.uk.

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