Ex-Coronation Street actors Suranne Jones (Karen McDonald) and Zaraah Abrahams (Joanne Jackson) have been announced as starring in the 20th anniversary productio of Corrie writer Jonathan Harvey's play Beautiful Thing.
The play opens at the Arts Theatre in that London's West End on April 13 and run until May 25 folloed by a short UK tour visiting Liverpool, Leeds and Brighton.
Suranne stars as Sandra and Zaraah as Leah.
Beautiful Thing is a glorious urban love story between two young men set on an inner city housing estate. It tells the story of teenager Jamie's relationship with classmate and neighbour Ste. Together the two boys find comedy, warmth and the music of Mama Cass through their loud-mouthed next door neighbour Leah. The play exquisitely depicts what it is to be sixteen, in the first flush of love, and full of optimism.
Jonathan Harvey wrote Beautiful Thing when he was just 24. It premiered at the Bush Theatre in 1993 and sold out its five-week run before transferring to the Donmar Warehouse, and then the Duke of York's, eventually winning its author an Olivier Award nomination and the John Whiting Award. A screen adaptation of the play was released in 1996 by Channel 4 films, which went on to be a cult hit.
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