Linda's Solo Career.

Musicals, Television, Theatre and Pantomime.


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Linda's solo career brought her a wealth of experience in television, theatre, cabaret and pantomime. Linda's first solo tour was as 'special guest' on Gene Pitney's 1984 UK tour. Her first solo TV appearance was on the Des O'Connor show when she performed the song 'Footloose' and her first pantomime was at Coventry's Apollo theatre with Michael Barrymore & The Roly Poly's in 'Dick Whittington' in 1984. Highlights of Linda’s solo career include British Theatre tours with Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer in 'Shooting Stars' and others with Mike Yarwood, Cannon & Ball, Little & Large & The Grumbleweeds. Linda also had a starring role in Back To Bacharach with Bobby Crush and Danny 'Moon River' Williams. Linda also played Prudie Cupp in Pump Boys & Dinettes. Two UK tours of Prisoner Cell block 'H' the musical with Lily Savage (Paul O'Grady) followed in 1996.

Linda had become a summer season fixture on the Central Pier in Blackpool as the end of the pier show took on a whole new look. In 1986 the Central Pier theatre was converted into the UK's first all live entertainment showbar and was renamed 'Maggie May's, after the colourful Liverpudlian folklore character. Maggie May's saw a near half a million pound investment into creating a waterfront setting - complete with dockland characters. Instead of conventional theatre seating, more than 550 people were catered for at tables with waiter service. The accent was on heavy audience participation. First Leisure Corporation described the venture 'as bringing a new concept to the British seaside entertainment scene'. The Company searched for a long time to find the right star for the title role and in Linda Nolan they found the ultimate performer. Eight consecutive summer seasons were testimony to Linda's success in the role, with over 1,000 performances completed throughout that period. When Maggie May's transferred to a new home on the South pier, the character of Maggie was left behind & Linda adopted the persona of Rosie O'Grady & performed a similar type of show in a more traditional theatre setting. This show carried on for 2 more successful seasons before the theatre was sadly demolished to make way for a fun park ride.

Linda entered West End musical theatre in 2000 taking over the role of Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers from her younger sister Bernie. One of Linda's first Blood Brothers reviews dated May 2000 reads 'A lot of Blood has passed under the bridge since producer Bill Kenwright added this awesomely successful musical drama to his repertoire of enduring hits. Along the way it has enhanced the reputation of scores of performers. There's now a serious risk, however that Linda Nolan has set the standard by which at least one key character should be judged. A standing ovation from a full house & four curtain calls confirmed her in the role of Mrs Johnstone, the Mother Courage of this Merseyside melodrama. Linda has clearly stamped her own authority on the part & has found a suitable vehicle for her typically gutsy vocal style with an obvious acting talent to match'.

In 2014 Linda entered The Celebrity Big Brother House and during a controversial stay she fell out with old adversary Jim Davidson. Linda was the fifth celebrity to be evicted. Despite the anger, tears and rows Linda enjoyed her time in the house and says she would go back in again 'in a heartbeat'. In 2015 Linda joined the cast of of Menopause The Musical and toured Ireland extensively playing the role of the Soap Star reprised her role for a further Irish tour in early 2016 which was followed by a UK tour.  The hysterical script was packed full of one-liners about night sweats, hot flushes and memory loss backed by an instantly recognisable soundtrack of innuendo-laden versions of 60s, 70s and 80s pop classics.

In 2016 Linda joined the cast of Rumpy Pumpy the new UK musical based on the true story of 2 women from Hampshire WI who campaigned for better working conditions for sex workers. Linda played Madame Holly Spencer, the warm and witty brothel owner. This was followed by pantomime at Preston Guild Hall (the fairy in Jack and The Beanstalk) taking her career into 2017 when Linda will star in Our House 'The Madness' Musical.

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