Cilla Black's life story to be turned into a West End musical

Cilla Black died at the age of 72 on August 2 following a stroke at her home in Spain. Credit: PA

Cilla Black's life story will be turned into a West End stage production, her agent has said.

In a statement, Nick Fiveash said the veteran TV presenter and singer had given her blessing to the project before her untimely death.

Cilla was thrilled and excited at the idea, and was looking forward to its development.

Cilla Black's agent Nick Fiveash

He also confirmed Cilla's son and manager Robert Willis, had been in continuous talks with a West End producer regarding the early stages of planning, but these are now on hold for the time being.

Sheridan Smith, who played Cilla Black in an ITV biopic of her life, has already been tipped as a favourite to play her in a stage show.

Sheridan Smith (left) played Cilla Black (left) in an ITV three-part drama. Credit: PA

Black praised Smith's portrayal of her and said it was "so believable".

She added: "How she sang with those teeth in I'll never know. From what I've seen, it [the drama] captures the colour and even the smell of the Cavern Club. It wasn't nice - rat poison and sweat."

Last week the inquest into the death of the Blind Date and Surprise Surprise star heard that she died accidentally after falling and hitting her head at her villa on the Costa del Sol.

Her funeral will take place in Liverpool next Thursday at St Mary's Church, Woolton. She will then be laid to rest in a private ceremony at Allerton Cemetery alongside her parents.