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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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Coronation Street's Hayley to star in play at Cumbrian venues

Hayley Cropper may have said a sad farewell to Coronation Street – but she’s now making her way to Cumbria.

Hayley Cropper photo
David Neilson and Julie Hesmondhalgh as Roy and Hayley Cropper

Actress Julie Hesmondhalgh attracted an audience of several million for her death scene as Hayley on last night’s edition of the soap, but it will be a more intimate performance when she visits the county in March.

Julie will play the part of Sylvia Lancaster in the play Black Roses which tells the true story of the murder of her daughter Sophie Lancaster in 2007.

Goth Sophie, 20, and her boyfriend were attacked by a gang because of their ‘different’ appearance. Sophie later died of her injuries.

Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven, has convinced Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre to bring the play to west Cumbria.

Black Roses will only be staged here, Manchester and at London’s South Bank Centre.

It will be performed at Ewanrigg and Netherton Community Centre, Maryport and Lakes College, Lillyhall, from March 12 to 14.

For details and tickets, phone Rosehill on 01946 692422.

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