A stadium musical show celebrating long-running ITV soap Coronation Street will debut in Manchester next year, hosted by Paul O'Grady.

Street of Dreams will open at Manchester's M.E.N Arena on 21 March, featuring stars of 'the street' past and present including Julie Goodyear Kevin Kennedy, Brian Capron William Roache and Katy Cavanagh.

According to press material, “After more than fifty years on air, Britain’s best-loved soap has a glorious heritage of unforgettable stories and iconic characters which have been handpicked and now carefully crafted into this brilliant musical event by award-winning musical writer, composer and lyricist, Trisha Ward.”

BAFTA winning film and stage director John Stephenson will direct the the show, which will feature a 25-piece orchestra, a “West End cast” and choreography from Olivier award winners Stephen Mear and Karen Bruce. Co-scripted by Damon Rochefort, Street of Dreams will be executive produced by Kieran Roberts for ITV Studios and John Ward for Reckless Entertainment.

Paul O’Grady said: “I’m a great fan of the street, I’ve watched it for most of my life. Chunks of script from 30 years ago are engraved in my memory so to relive it all alongside unforgettable characters and talent on the stage, revisiting such iconic scenes from across the years, is just brilliant. I can’t wait to watch it all come together and the reaction it receives.”