By Charlotte Duncker
An old soap favourite is to join the cast of the new play ‘Corrie!’ when it returns to Manchester next week.
The ex-Coronation Street actress Sherrie Hewson, 60, who played Maureen Naylor in the Manchester soap from 1993-1997, will give her first performance on April 4 at the Palace Theatre as the narrator. The play has been written by Jonathan Harvey, writer of over 100 episodes of Coronation Street, and Sherrie is looking forward to working with him again.
She said: “I have always been a great admirer of Jonathan Harvey’s work so this is a double whammy for me, not only Jonathan but to be back in the bosom of Coronation Street where I still feel Maureen lives. I never thought I would go back to Corrie and I am deeply honoured and truly excited to be involved in this great production.”
The play, which was written to celebrate the soap’s 50th anniversary, condenses five decades of drama into a family friendly comedy. Many of the current Coronation Street cast have already been to see the play and have thoroughly enjoyed watching their characters being transformed on stage.
Barbara Knox who plays Rita Sullivan said: “I laughed so much I am literally crying – I had to get my tissues out. They have got us all spot on. It is absolutely fabulous.”
‘Corrie!’ is on at the Palace Theatre from April 4-9 and Sherrie will perform in all shows apart from the matinee on April 6.
Tickets can be bought from www.corrietheplay.com