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Wendi Peters stars in Oh What A Lovely War tour

Peters joins the ensemble cast on its 2015 UK tour

Wendi Peters in 2010
Wendi Peters in 2010
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Wendi Peters, best known for her role as Cilla Battersby-Brown in Coronation Street, will join the ensemble cast of Oh What A Lovely War on its 2015 national tour.

Terry Johnson's revival of the satirical First World War show will return to its spiritual home – Theatre Royal Stratford East – in January 2015, before embarking on its tour.

Peters' recent stage credits include White Christmas at the Lowry, Salford (a role she is soon to reprise in the West End), The Mystery Of Edwin Drood at the Arts Theatre and Rutherford & Son for Northern Broadsides.

Oh What A Lovely War originally premiered at Theatre Royal Stratford East in 1963. Joan Littlewood adapted the play from Charles Chilton’s work for radio through her company Theatre Workshop. It was an immediate hit, transferring to the West End in June 1963, opening on Broadway in 1964 and receiving four Tony Award nominations including Best Musical.

This revival, which was made possible by producer Christopher Malcolm shortly before his death earlier this year, opened at Theatre Royal Stratford East in February 2014 with a cast including Caroline Quentin.

After its run at Theatre Royal Stratford East, the production will tour to Richmond, Malvern, Manchester, Cambridge, Bath, Torquay, Guildford, Coventry, Brighton, Leicester, Aylesbury, Birmingham, Truro, Hull and Wimbledon.

Further casting to be announced.