Britain's Got Talent star Susan Boyle is to make a guest appearance in the stage musical about her own life, it was announced today.
The 50-year old singer, who has become an international superstar since appearing on the ITV talent show, will appear as herself during the finale of the show, I Dreamed a Dream.
Leading up this moment, Rab C Nesbitt actress Elaine C Smith will be portraying Boyle with the production due to premiere in Newcastle next March before touring the UK.
"I am thrilled to be a part of the musical about my life story and very much looking forward to stepping on stage and performing with the cast," said Boyle.
She added: "It is an honest portrayal of my life and has been a cathartic process to be involved in."
The musical stage play will focus on Boyle's humble beginnings in West Lothian and her meteoric rise to fame after capturing the hearts of the nation by performing I Dreamed a Dream from Les Miserables on the talent show in 2009. Her performance would go on to become a worldwide YouTube hit, attracting hundreds of millions of views.
"Having Susan join the cast to perform the finale of her musical is amazing for both ourselves and audiences across the UK and Ireland," said Michael Harrison, producer of the show.
Elaine C Smith, who is currently performing in the West End show Calendar Girls, said playing Boyle was an "amazing challenge".
She added: "There's a lot of pressure to get it accurate and to honour Susan's life story but to do it in a way that is funny, moving and magical and, as the writers, producers and performers, we're doing our best to achieve that."