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RETURN OF THE WAGS; Girls are back with Tick Tock.

Byline: BRENDAN HUGHES

AN EX-WAG from Wales who staged a hit London musical about the glam lives of the women behind Britain's footballers is set to turn it into a trilogy.

Producer Karen Struel-White, whose dad Malcolm Struel is a former chairman of Swansea City, plans to expand the WAG! The Musical saga after the show's successful debut run in June.

WAG 2: Tick Tock is set to hit the stage before Christmas, while a third installment in the tongue-in-cheek series is proposed for June 2013.

The original musical - which starred a host of modern-day WAGs - attracted national media attention and gained celebrity fans including composer Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber.

And former WAG Karen told Wales on Sunday talks are under way to bring the show's glitz and glamour to the West End following a national tour.

The Swansea FC princess, who admits to dating highly-paid footballers during her dad's tenure at the club, said the reaction to the musical has been "incredible".

"It was absolutely amazing," she said. "If I had written a list of all the things that I wanted to happen, I couldn't have asked for better."

She added: "If you enjoyed the first show and it made you laugh, you will enjoy the second show because it has comedy, it has real life and it's a little bit escapism.

"We have already started selling tickets and I think it's off the vibe of the first show. People know they're going to get a good night out and are coming back for a second helping."

WAG! The Musical looked at the world of footballers and their families by following the lives of two women working in a stylish department store.

Model Heather Swan, ex-wife of former Cardiff City star Michael Chopra, worked as the production's technical director.

Real-life WAG and former Fame Academy contestant Pippa Fulton, the girlfriend of Brentford striker Clayton Donaldson, played a lead role in the show.

And the fiancee of Irish Aston Villa ace Stephen Ireland, 26-year-old Jessica Lawlor, was also cast in the show, alongside Belinda Owusu, 23, who starred as Libby Fox in East-Enders.

Celebrity faces including Lord Lloyd-Webber saw the show during its debut at the London fringe theatre Ye Olde Rose & Crown.

The Phantom of the Opera composer, 64, spoke at the end of the performance, praising cast and crew for a wonderful production.

Karen said she was shocked when the Superstar supremo turned up with his family. She said: "He was really generous, friendly and supportive. I just think it's incredible that someone so high up in musical theatre would come to support us."

Karen's dad Malcolm, now in his late 70s, was chairman of Swansea when the club was promoted to Division One more than three decades ago.

* The play WAG 2: Tick Tock, written by Belvedere Pashun, will be staged at Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, Walthamstow, from December 10 to 15, and will feature characters from the original musical.

Visit www.kswproductions.com for more information on WAG! The Musical and to book tickets for the show.

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Charlotte Dawson, daughter of comedian Les, and Francine Lewis were among the original cast of the show of which Andrew Lloyd-Webber was a fan Karen Struel-White and a cast read-through for the original show
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Date:Aug 5, 2012
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