Bronté Barbé Beautiful in Manchester

David Upton

Bronté Barbé will play Carole King in the UK and Ireland tour of the award-winning Beautiful – The Carole King Musical which heads to the Manchester Palace Theatre from December 12 to January 6.

Barbé was a finalist in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s BBC1 television series Over The Rainbow in 2010. Since then she has appeared on stage in both London’s West End and around the UK. Previous credits include Cool Rider in the West End and Princess Fiona in the UK Tour of Shrek – The Musical.

She will be joined by Kane Oliver Parry as King’s husband and songwriting partner Gerry Goffin, Amy Ellen Richardson as songwriter Cynthia Weil, Matthew Gonsalves as songwriter Barry Mann, Carol Royle as King’s mother Genie Klein and Adam Howden as music publisher and producer Donnie Kirshner. At certain performances, Carole King will be played by Leigh Lothian.