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EastEnders and Hollyoaks stars join Son of a Preacher Man cast for Ipswich run

PUBLISHED: 17:13 04 October 2017 | UPDATED: 10:38 05 October 2017

Alice Barlow and Michelle Gayle have joined the cast of Son of a Preacher Man. Photo: Contributed / Darren Bell

Alice Barlow and Michelle Gayle have joined the cast of Son of a Preacher Man. Photo: Contributed / Darren Bell

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Two of the stars of the new musical Son of a Preacher man have been revealed.

Fans of EastEnders, Wolfblood and Beauty and the Beast will recognise Michelle Gayle. Alice Barlow is known for Hollyoaks and Drifters.

The musical visits the Ipswich Regent April 3-7. Directed and choreographed by Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel Horwood, it features Dusty Springfield’s greatest hits including The Look Of Love, I Only Want To Be With You, Spooky and Son Of A Preacher Man.

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