Whatsonstage.com Award-winner Suranne Jones is heading back to the West End to star in Jonathan Harvey’s play Beautiful Thing, which will run at the Arts Theatre from 17 April to 25 May 2013 (previews from 13 April), before embarking on a UK tour.

The play, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year, is an urban love story between two young men set on an inner city housing estate. It tells the story of teenager Jamie’s relationship with classmate and neighbour Ste. Together the two boys find comedy, warmth and the music of Mama Cass through their loud-mouthed next door neighbour Leah.

Suranne Jones, who won the Whatsonstage.com Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Play for A Few Good Men, has other theatre credits including Top Girls and Blithe Spirit. She is also known for TV roles including Karen McDonald in Coronation Street and DC Rachel Bailey in Scott and Bailey.

Jonathan Harvey’s plays include Canary and Corrie!. He is a regular writer for Coronation Street and wrote the TV series Gimme, Gimme, Gimme.

Directed by Nikolai Foster, with design by Colin Richmond, Beautiful Thing runs at the Arts Theatre until 25 May, before touring to Liverpool, Leeds and Brighton.