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Jessie Wallace Stepping Out at Glasgow King’s

Soap favourites Brian Capron and Jessie Wallace are to star in the UK Tour of Stepping Out written by award-winning playwright Richard Harris, renowned for Outside Edge, Party Piece and most recently Surviving Spike starring Michael Barrymore. The revival celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Stepping Out and has one date in Scotland: at the King’s Glasgow from 15 to 19 September 2009.

In a dusty church hall, ex-professional dancer Mavis Turner holds her weekly tap class. Every Thursday, in stumbles her well-intentioned but not overly talented troupe – the awkward but hugely enthusiastic Lynne, snooty Vera, streetwise Maxine and the rest of the group – all brought together to dance as if no one is watching, and hopefully no one ever will! That’s until they’re invited to perform at a charity gala. As disbelief is replaced by sheer terror, can this bunch of amateurs pull together and put on the performance of a lifetime?

Brian Capron, known to millions for his award-winning portrayal of the sinister Richard Hillman in Coronation Street, plays the bumbling but lovable Geoffrey, whose mid-life crisis might just bring with it some mid-life reward. Jessie Wallace, who won the nation’s hearts as the vivacious Kat Slater in EastEnders, stars as the bitingly funny Sylvia, a woman who is trying to balance herself on two left feet whilst propping up her real-life partner. Rosemary Ashe, Olivier Award-nominated West End star of Phantom of the Opera and Mary Poppins, reprises her critically acclaimed role as the group’s waspish Mrs Fraser.