The X Factor star Diana Vickers is to star in a new West End production of the musical The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice.

The Daily Mirror reports producer Nica Burns describing Diana as ‘the perfect Little Voice’.

She said: “With this wonderful play, you have to find your Little Voice first. To find someone of the right age – just 18 – who is as special as Diana Vickers is a gift.

“Having found our perfect Little Voice, I was delighted that the outstanding actress Lesley Sharp agreed to play her mother Mari and the charismatic actor Marc Warren, Ray Say.

The musical tells the story of a shy girl called Little Voice growing up in the north of England with her overbearing mother.

Little Voice listens to her dead father’s records and perfects flawless impersonations of great singers, including Shirley Bassey, Edith Piaf and Judy Garland.

The original 1992 production was nominated for six Olivier Awards, and a film was made of the show in 1998, starring Jane Horrocks and Michael Caine.