Coronation Street Play Announces UK TourDate: 27 December 2010
Corrie!, the stage show version of Coronation Street which premiered at The Lowry, Salford in the summer, is embarking on a six-month UK tour next year.
Celebrating 50 years of Britain's longest-running soap opera, Jonathan Harvey's play condenses five decades of story lines into a single two-hour show. Harvey, whose other plays include Canary, has written over 100 episodes of Coronation Street.
Coronation Street creator Tony Warren described the play, which enjoyed a sell-out run at the Lowry, as “an insider’s affectionate romp through 50 dramatic years”.
The show, directed by Fiona Buffini, features over 55 characters, played by just six actors. They include “Street legends” Bet Lynch, Elsie Tanner, Hilda Ogden, Ken Barlow, Jack Duckworth and Gail Platt. Classic storylines relived include Deidre going to prison, Brian being stabbed and Tracy killing Charlie. The script carefully weaves through the highs and lows of the characters living on Britain’s most famous Street.
The tour will visit: Cambridge Arts Theatre (10-19 February 2011), Liverpool Empire (21-26 February), Churchill Theatre Bromley (28 February-5 March), Sheffield Lyceum (7-12 March), Theatre Royal Bath (14-19 March), Birmingham New Alexandra (21-26 March), New Victoria, Woking (28 March-2 April), Manchester Palace (4-9 March), Nottingham Theatre Royal (11-16 April), Richmond Theatre (18-23 April), Cardiff Millennium Centre (25-30 April), Civic Theatre, Darlington (2-7 May), Ipswich Regent (11-14 May), Derngate, Northampton (16-21 May), Bradford Alhambra (24-28 May), Southampton Mayflower (31 May-4 June), Regent, Stoke-On-Trent (6-11 June), Brighton Theatre Royal (13-18 June), Hull New Theatre (20-25 June) & Malvern Festival Theatre (27 June-2 July).
Former Coronation Street stars will be appearing at each performance in the role of the narrator – details to be announced shortly.