It was part of a storyline that has gripped the nation.
Millions tuned in to see Coronation Street monster Pat Phelan stand and watch as Michael Rodwell died from a painfully slow heart attack.
But now the pair – well, actors Connor McIntyre and Les Dennis – have been reunited, although you may struggle to recognise the pair in their new guises!
Manchester Opera House have released the first pictures of McIntyre and Dennis in full costume as the Ugly Sisters ahead of this year’s pantomime Cinderella.
McIntyre, whose character Phelan is set to make a dramatic return to the cobbles next week, has said that his first stint in pantomime this Christmas will be ‘a welcome antidote’ to playing the villainous Pat Phelan for the last few years.
Les Dennis has also exclusively revealed that it was his suggestion for the double-act to appear as the Ugly Sisters after seeing last year’s Opera House panto, Dick Whittington, where Cinderella was being advertised.
He said: “I remember getting on the phone to Michael Harrison (Managing Director of Qdos Entertainment’s pantomime division) and suggesting it. It’s Michael and Phelan – it’s Michael’s chance to get revenge!”
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Cinderella will once again be produced by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s biggest pantomime producer.
This year’s production promises to have the same level of laugh-out-loud comedy, stunning special effects and beautiful costumes that Manchester’s audiences have become accustomed to and, with further star casting still to be announced, Cinderella has all the ingredients for a must-see family pantomime this Christmas.
Cinderella plays at the Opera House from December 8 to 30 with tickets from £12.