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Reading TikTok star lands role in West End musical


A woman whose videos singing in a supermarket were viewed millions of times during lockdown has landed her dream job in the West End.

Hannah Lowther, 24, from Reading, took the job when theatres shut during the coronavirus pandemic.

She posted videos to TikTok while she was at work, changing lyrics to popular songs and using props from the shelves.

Hannah has been cast in Heathers The Musical, which will be released in London later this month.

Hannah told the BBC after learning the news, “It’s been amazing, it’s been such an amazing experience so far.”

I sent in some self-tape auditions and didn’t expect to hear back because when it’s not an in-person audition, you just send it off and forget about it.

“And then I found out on Saturday that I’d gotten the job, and obviously I was overjoyed because it’s my first West End contract.”

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Hannah will play a New Wave Girl in the ensemble and will also serve as an understudy for two of the main characters.

“After such a long time of not doing it and just thinking that I was going to have to get a normal job and go down different routes and try different things,” she said.

It’s given me a lot of hope, and I started rehearsals on Monday. We have just over two weeks of rehearsals before we open on November 25th.”

Hannah has already begun rehearsals for Heathers the Musical.

Hannah will no longer be seen dancing in the aisles, much to the chagrin of local shoppers.

“I started doing TikTok not expecting anyone to see them; I was just doing it to get that’stageyness’ out of me,” she explained.

“It started with me doing a mock Tesco version of Dolly Parton’s nine to five, and now I’m in a West End show.”

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