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COROnation Street on stage!

COROnation Street on stage!


THE OFFICIAL 50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION!
A new play by Jonathan Harvey


STARRING WILLIAM ROACHE
(KEN BARLOW)

THE GREATEST TV SHOW IN
THE WORLD LIVE ON STAGE

www.coroonstage.co.nz

TICKETS ON SALE 9AM TUESDAY, 20 NOVEMBER


COROnation Street ON STAGE! – the hysterical new stage play by award-winning playwright and Coronation Street scriptwriter Jonathan Harvey -- specially commissioned by ITV to celebrate Britain's longest-running and most-loved soap – is coming to New Zealand in March and April 2013.

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, which won enormous critical acclaim throughout Britain.

And who better than to take us on this journey than the journeyman himself: William Roache -- aka serial groom Ken Barlow. Roache, who has been there right from the beginning and honoured by the Guinness World Records as the world's longest-serving television actor, has been released from filming duties as a special thank you to the soap’s loyal New Zealand fans.

COROnation Street ON STAGE! follows the fortunes of two of Weatherfield’s finest families: the Barlows and the Platts, and features all your favourite characters past and present including Edna Sharples, Hilda Ogden, Hayley and Roy, Richard Hillman, Jack Duckworth, Bet Lynch, Steve, Karen, Becky and many more.

Relive your 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. Directed by Fiona Buffini , COROnation Street ON STAGE! features over 55 characters.


“IT DOES FOR ONE INSTITUTION WHAT THE REDUCED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY DID FOR ANOTHER...HUGE FUN” Guardian

A funny and affectionate romp through 50 dramatic years, COROnation Street ON STAGE! is written by award-winning playwright and Coronation Street scriptwriter Jonathan Harvey (Canary, Beautiful Thing, Closer to Heaven,Gimme Gimme Gimme),and directed by Fiona Buffini (The Two Gentlemen of Verona - RSC, Dinner - National Theatre and West End, The Playboy of the Western World - National Theatre and 39 Steps (West Yorkshire Playhouse and West End).


“A MUST FOR ANY CORO FAN!” – JENNY MCALPINE (FIZZ)

SEASON DETAILS

AUCKLAND
VENUE: The Civic
SEASON: Thursday 28 March to Monday 1 April 2013
TIMES*: THURS 28 March, 8pm
SAT 30 March, 2pm & 8pm
SUN 31 March, 2pm & 7pm
MON 1 April, 2pm and 7pm
TICKET PRICES: From $59 + booking fee
BOOKINGS
0800 BUY TICKETS or the-edge.co.nz
Group Bookings 12+ SAVE!
Telephone Group Bookings or email groups@the-edge.co.nz

WELLINGTON
VENUE: St James Theatre
SEASON: Tuesday 9 April to Saturday 13 April 2013
TIMES*: TUESDAY 9 APRIL 8pm
WEDNESDAY 10 APRIL 2pm & 8pm
THURSDAY 11 APRIL 8pm
FRIDAY 12 APRIL 8pm
SATURDAY 13 APRIL 2pm & 8pm
TICKET PRICES: From $59 + booking fee
BOOKINGS
0800 TICKETEK or ticketek.co.nz
Group Bookings 12+ SAVE!
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NELSON
TRAFALGAR CENTRE, NELSON
ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY – ONE NIGHT ONLY!
Wednesday April 17th - 8pm
VENUE: Trafalgar Centre, Nelson
SEASON: Wednesday 17 April, 2013
TIME*: 8pm
TICKET PRICES: From $59 + booking fee
BOOKINGS
Everyman Records everyman@ts.co.nz
Trafalgar Street 03-548-3083
Group Bookings 12+ SAVE!

CHRISTCHURCH
VENUE: CBS Arena
SEASON: Saturday 20 April to Tuesday 23 April, 2013
TIMES*: SATURDAY 20 APRIL 8pm
SUNDAY 21 APRIL 2pm and 7pm
MONDAY 22 APRIL 8pm
TUESDAY 23 APRIL 8pm
TICKET PRICES: From $59 + booking fee
BOOKINGS
0800 TICKETEK or ticketek.co.nz
Group Bookings 12+ SAVE!
Telephone Group Bookings or email groupbookings@ticketek.co.nz

* Performance times may be subject to change without notice.


FUN FACTS ABOUT CORONATION STREET

Coronation Street began at 7pm on Friday 9 December 1960. The first episode was transmitted live.

• A young scriptwriter called Tony Warren created the series, originally titled Florizel Street. The first episode was penned within 24 hours, 13 episodes were commissioned and the face of British television was set to change forever.

• Russell Harty once infamously commented: “There was life before Coronation Street, but it didn’t add up to much”.

• On 4th August 1962, Ken Barlow – today the show’s sole-surviving original character – married for the first time, having sold his scooter to fund the wedding. Valerie Tatlock became bride number one when she walked up the aisle at St Mary’s.

• Five couples have married each other twice: Ken & Deirdre Barlow, Kevin & Sally Webster, Brian & Gail Tilsley, Jim & Liz McDonald and Steve & Karen McDonald.

• The theme tune was written by Eric Spear, who died in 1966.

• Viewers were given their first glimpse of Coronation Street in full colour when the first colour episode was transmitted on 3rd November 1969.

• A live episode was broadcast to mark the series’ 40th anniversary in December 2000 – the first time the show had been broadcast live since 1961.

• The 1000th episode was transmitted on 24th August 1970.

• Rita Littlewood first appeared on screen on 2nd December 1964.

• Roy Barraclough played three different characters during the 1960s before first appearing as Alec Gilroy on 26th June 1972.

• After 13 years, Patricia Phoenix (Elsie Tannner) left the programme on 8th October 1973. She returned in 1976 and remained for 8 more years, appearing in 1641 episodes.

• Mike Baldwin made his first appearance on 11th October 1976 and bowed out thirty years later on 7th April 2006 after 2383 episodes.

• Violet Carson made her last appearance as Ena Sharples after 1150 episodes on 4th April 1980.

• The most enduring marriage on the Street was that of Jack and Vera Duckworth, who celebrated their golden wedding anniversary just months before Vera’s death in January 2008.

• The Prince of Wales made a pre-recorded cameo appearance in the 40th anniversary live episode.

• Jean Alexander made her last appearance as Hilda Ogden on 25th December 1987 – an episode watched by 26 million people.

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