Charles Lawson to talk about Corrie

Actor Charles Lawson is set to narrate the upcoming 'Coronation Street' play, when it takes to the stage in August

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Charles Lawson will narrate the upcoming 'Coronation Street' play.

The actor - who played Jim McDonald in the programme from 1989, and still makes reappearances from time to time - is to talk the audience through the new 'Corrie!' stage show, when it opens in August as part of the soap's 50th anniversary celebrations.

The Scottish actor said: "I am delighted to be narrating the piece and I am looking forward to this 50th celebration of the 'established church'."

The play has been described by show creator Tony Warren as "an insider's affectionate romp through 50 dramatic years", and it will include many major storylines spanning five decades in a comedic two-hour performance.

The script has been written by playwright and 'Coronation Street' scriptwriter Jonathan Harvey and will be produced by the show's executive producer Kieran Roberts.

Over 55 of the best-loved characters - including Bet Lynch, Gail Platt, Elsie Tanner and Ken Barlow - will appear.

The cast consists of previous 'Coronation Street' actors Simon Chadwick, Katherine Dow Blyton and Matthew Wait, who will be joined by Leanne Best and Josie Walker.

'Corrie!' opens at The Lowry in Salford on August 12.

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