Dream team takes time out from West End for Blackpool break

The cast of Dreamgirls at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. The show stars Amber Riley (formerly of TV show Glee) - right of Spongebob, and Blackpool performer Ashley Luke Lloyd - front right, kneeling
The cast of Dreamgirls at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. The show stars Amber Riley (formerly of TV show Glee) - right of Spongebob, and Blackpool performer Ashley Luke Lloyd - front right, kneeling

Fans of the hit TV show Glee might have thought they were in a dream at Blackpool Pleasure Beach yesterday, as one of the stars of the series took time out from her West End role to relax in the resort.

Amber Riley (right of Spongebob Square Pants) is starring in Dreamgirls at London's Savoy Theatre, alongside Blackpool performer Ashley Luke Lloyd (front right, kneeling), who brought his workmates home for a break from their busy stage schedule.

The group visited the Pleasure Beach then went on to the Beach House on the Promenade for dinner - before staying at Ashley’s parents’ hotel Aysgarth House.

As well as escaping the capital, they were also celebrating the release of the official Original London Cast recording of the soundtrack.

Amber appears as Effie White in the show, which is based on the successes of 1960s female singing groups - and is said to have particular similarities with the rise of The Supremes.

Ashley, who appeared in the summer 2014 run of Mamma Mia and Christmas Carol for the 2015 festive season at Blackpool Opera House, is in the Dreamgirls ensemble.