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Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Julie Hesmondhalgh swaps Coronation Street for stage

Julie Hesmondhalgh, who plays Coronation Street's Hayley Cropper, sent out this message yesterday on twitter:  @juliehes "Right that's me done. Bye bye Weatherfield till October!"

Julie will be starring in a new stage play at Manchester's Royal Exchange.

The play is Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster, a moving response to the death of a young student, who was killed because she dressed differently. Julie will be playing the part of Sophie's mum Sylvia, with Sophie played by Rachel Austin.

Black Roses is an elegy for Sophie in which she tells her own story through a series of poems by the award-winning poet Simon Armitage, alongside the words of her mother, Sylvia Lancaster, remembering her daughter’s shortened life.

The piece provoked an unprecedented response when it premiered on Radio Four last year, winning the BBC Audio and Music Best Speech Programme of the Year Award.

The play runs from 19-29 September 2012. Find out more at the Royal Exchange website.

See also: The Sophie Lancaster Foundation

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3 comments:

Frosty the Snowman said...

How come Corrie actors are not allowed to appear on Strictly but can leave for months to appear on stage?

Glenda Young said...

Probably because they ARE actors ;-)

Annie said...

Strictly is a BBC product. Corrie is an ITV product. You do the maths.

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