Coro saga on stage in two-hour play

Last updated 07:51 20/11/2012

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Coronation Street fans are in for a treat.

A new stage play by award-winning playwright and Coronation Street scriptwriter Jonathan Harvey is coming to New Zealand in March and April next year.

It will play in Auckland, Wellington, Nelson and Christchurch. Tickets have just gone on sale and you could spoil those fans by buying tickets as Christmas presents.

Coronation Street On Stage! condenses the programme's 50-year history of births, deaths, marriages and other dramatic events into one action-packed two-hour show.

As The Guardian says: "It does for one institution what The Reduced Shakespeare Company did for another . . . huge fun."

It stars William Roache whom Coro fans know as Ken Barlow. Roache, who has been there right from the beginning and is honoured by Guinness World Records as the world's longest-serving television actor. He has been released from filming duties to tour with the show.

Coronation Street On Stage! follows the fortunes of two of Weatherfield's finest families - the Barlows and the Platts and features more than 55 favourite characters past and present including Ena Sharples, Hilda Ogden, Hayley and Roy, Richard Hillman, Jack Duckworth, Bet Lynch, Steve, Karen, Becky and many more.

Fans can relive their favourite moments from The Street - see Tony Gordon's tangled web of relationships with the Connors unfold, the tram run over Alan, Richard kill Maxine and Gail marry Brian, Martin, Richard and Joe.

Bookings are through Ticketek.

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