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Corrie stars past and present to take part in musical

Coronation Street stars past and present are to take Britain's longest-running soap on the road in a "Corrie meets Moulin Rouge" musical.

Street Of Dreams will see current cast members such as Kym Marsh and Katy Cavanagh team up with Corrie veterans Julie Goodyear and Kevin Kennedy, who return to the roles of Bet Lynch and Curly Watts.

Cononation Street star's past and present and West End star Jodie Prenger during a photocall for the Street of Dreams live show Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Comedian Paul O'Grady will compere the show, which sees guest stars pay homage to famous roles.

Comprised of 26 songs played by a 25-piece orchestra, the show includes memorable scenes from the past played on giant screens.

It will premiere in Manchester on May 9 before going on tour to Dublin, Belfast and Newcastle.

Kym Marsh, who plays Michelle Connor in the soap, will play 1960s character Elsie Tanner in the musical Credit: PA

Kym Marsh, who plays 1960s character Elsie Tanner in the musical and Michelle Connor in the soap, said:

"I am absolutely delighted to be playing Elsie, she is probably the most iconic female character there ever has been on Coronation Street as far as I am concerned, apart from Bet Lynch maybe."

Julie Goodyear will be returning to her role as leopardskin-clad pub landlady Lynch, brought back to life for the two Manchester dates.

Julie Goodyear and Kevin Kennedy will be reprising their roles as Bet Lynch and Curly Watts Credit: PA

Asked about his own return to character Curly Watts, Kennedy said:

"It is very comfortable, it is like putting on a pair of old slippers that you have created yourself.

"I have played Curly for 20 years, it is a very long time and the beauty of this is I am now putting two things together which I absolutely adore, one is music and another is Coronation Street and playing Curly."