Coronation Street comes to Canal Street: Live performances of episodes not seen since 1968

By Jessica Elliott & Lauren Maughan

The cobbles of Coronation Street are coming to Canal Street for the stage adaptation of some classic episodes.

The people of Manchester have the first chance to experience these episodes performed live since their original screening.

In partnership with the Lass O’ Gowrie pub, Taurus bar will be holding the opening performance on Sunday where episode 788 from 1968, sees the Ogden family become stars of the show.

Fans will watch as Stan treats Hilda to a Chinese meal, after celebrating the success of becoming MD of his own window cleaning round.

This will be the first time anyone has seen the episodes performed since they were first aired in 1968.

Other Corrie favourites Elsie, Annie, Jack, Len, Uncle Albert, Miss Nugent, Ena and Minnie will be gracing the stage for the performances.

Gareth Kavanagh, from the Lass O’ Gowrie pub, came across the scripts for the episodes whilst researching their writer, Jack Rosenthal.

“I love vintage television and when I came across Jack Rosenthal’s scripts I knew we had to perform some of them,” he said.

“The script writing is very funny, original and grounded in reality, unlike the some of the sensationalised soap story lines today.”

The episodes by Jack Rosenthal will see a whole new cast which have been chosen by June West who has worked on programmes such as the BAFTA winning Road to Coronation Street, The Royal Family and Cold Blood.

It will also be directed by Helen Parry.

January 9 – 15 will see the Lass O’ Gowrie become the Rovers Return for the remaining performances where Corrie fans on Monday 9 can see Dennis Tanner’s wedding part one at 7.20pm and 9pm with part two taking place on Tuesday 10 at 6pm, 7.30pm and 9pm.

The trip back to 1968 continues on Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 with the Ogdens’ special episode at 7.30pm and 9pm.

A repeat of this episode will be shown at 4pm Sunday 15 followed by Dennis Tanner’s wedding at 6pm.

Jack Rosenthal died in 2004 of multiple myeloma and the performances will be raising money for Myeloma UK.

Tickets are available from for £10 per pair.

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