Following in the footsteps of previous TV hits - Hi-De-Hi, Dad's Army, Yes, Prime Minister and dinnerladies - the latest sit-com to hit the stage is the Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran penned - Birds of a Feather.

The premise saw two sisters: Sharon and Tracey Stubbs, who've been living very different lives with very different experiences of marriage, suddenly brought together when both their spouses are convicted of armed robbery. For hard-up Sharon her husband Chris's crime comes as no surprise but Tracey, who'd been living a nouveau-riche dream life in Chigwell, is shell-shocked to find her beloved Darryl could be a criminal.

A massive hit from the word go in 1989, Birds of a Feather eventually clocked up nine seasons and remains not only a classic comedy but also, as a female-centred long-running series, a rare thing.

This stage version comes to the Lowry and Blackpool Grand with all three of its original leading cast members, Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph as their much-loved characters, sisters Sharon Theodopolopoudos and Tracy Stubbs and their sex-mad neighbour, Dorien Green, in a brand-new show created especially for the theatre by The Comedy Theatre Company, producers of the highly-successful tour of Victoria Wood’s dinnerladies.

Birds of a Feather is at the Blackpool Grand from 24 - 28 April and The Lowry from 28 May - 2 June, 2012.