Nolan has withdrawn from the UK tour of Our House.
Payne has been announced as her replacement. Linda Nolan has
withdrawn from an upcoming tour – which includes dates at the
Blackpool Opera House –after being diagnosed with cancer. The
singer and entertainer, 58, who found fame with The Nolans in the
1970s, was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer earlier this
had been due to star in Our House, a musical featuring songs by ska
band Madness, which is coming to Blackpool in October. Deena Payne,
best known for her role as Viv Hope in ITV’s Emmerdale, will take
up the role of Kath Casey that was vacated by Linda’s departure
from the tour.
She said: “My thoughts are with Linda, and we all
send her lots of love at this very unsettling time.
Though I know
she’d want the madness to continue, and I’m thrilled to take on
show, by Calendar Girls writer Tim Firth, tells the story of Joe
Casey who on his 16th birthday takes the girl of his dreams, Sarah,
out on their first date. In an effort to impress her with bravado,
Joe breaks into a building site overlooking his home on Casey
When the police turn up, a split-second decision forces him
to choose between himself and his heart.
of Linda’s diagnosis was revealed by her sister Coleen in March.
Speaking on ITV show Loose Women, she said the diagnosis came just
as Linda, who lost her husband Brian to cancer in 2007, had turned
her life around. “She’d had her great face lift, turned a corner
from losing her husband,” she said. “The positive thing is,
although they’ve said it’s not curable, it’s treatable and
it’s not spread anywhere else.”
Linda has previously spoken
about her diagnosis saying it brought the family closer together.
She said: “I couldn’t do it without their support. She said she
hoped to live for another ‘10-15 years’ with the cancer.
sister Bernie died from breast cancer in 2012.