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Corrie star Catherine Tyldesley casts huge soap stars in new project

Coronation Street star Catherine Tyldesley has written her first ever play and cast a vast array of soap stars in the project.

The actress — who portrayed Eva Price on the ITV soap — wrote the play, entitled The Ceremony, during lockdown.

Several big names are attached to the project, including Catherine’s on-screen grandmother, Sue Johnston, and former Corrie star Paula Lane, who played Kylie Platt.

Emmerdale’s Samatha Giles — aka Bernice Blackstock — and EastEnders’ Stephen Rahman-Hughes, who played cheating dentist Adam Bateman on the BBC One soap, will also star in The Ceremony.

Catherine took to Instagram to reveal the news. She wrote: ‘Sooooo I’ve been dying to talk about this!!!! I can’t quite believe it’s happening!!!

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Sooooo I’ve been dying to talk about this!!!! I can’t quite believe it’s happening!!! During lockdown I wrote a play. The most incredible west end producer read it, loved it, and told me he wanted to do it 🤯🤯🤯We are blessed to have the most brilliant director- who is bringing such magical happenings to the play. The director asked who my dream cast was. I told him. We emailed them. They all said YES. At this point I was ready to pass out with excitement. The most wonderfully talented cast: @msjodieprenger @paula_laney @stephenrahman_hughes #suejohnston #SamanthaGiles … Rehearsals have been completely amazing. I never thought I’d see my humble words brought to life by such incredible talent. My play is called ‘The Ceremony’ … it’s heading your way VERY soon. I’m hopeful it will make you laugh till you cry! (Lord knows we could all do with a good giggle this year!) Official press release and dates to follow. All money raised will go towards charity supporting out of work #artists and struggling #theatres Thankyou all for your support. #TheCeremony #SaveTheArts #theatre #myfirstplay!!!!

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‘During lockdown I wrote a play.The most incredible west end producer read it, loved it, and told me he wanted to do it. We are blessed to have the most brilliant director- who is bringing such magical happenings to the play.

‘The director asked who my dream cast was. I told him. We emailed them. They all said YES. At this point I was ready to pass out with excitement.

‘Rehearsals have been completely amazing. I never thought I’d see my humble words brought to life by such incredible talent.

‘My play is called ‘The Ceremony’ … it’s heading your way VERY soon. I’m hopeful it will make you laugh till you cry! (Lord knows we could all do with a good giggle this year!).

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‘All money raised will go towards charity supporting out of work #artists and struggling #theatres.’

Coronation Street continues Monday October 19 at 7:30pm and 8:30pm on ITV.

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