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Corrie musical cancelled for 'artistic reasons'

THE 'Coronation Street' stage musical has been cancelled just days before its scheduled opening here -- so it can be rewritten.

The producers of 'Street of Dreams' have pulled the plug for "artistic reasons".

But last night they were unable to confirm how many tickets had sold for two performances planned for Dublin's O2 Arena this weekend.

A leaked email to the British entertainment newspaper, 'The Stage', said producers were "far from happy with the show artistically". Last night, the show's production company said it had been postponed so producers could "revisit the production and further develop ideas".

The show opened in Manchester earlier this month to mixed reviews.

In Britain, 'The Daily Telegraph' gave it two stars out of five and criticised "the lameness of the script and the incoherence of the narrative".

'The Guardian' said the show "juggles poignancy and brass, hit and often miss".

There was no indication of when new Dublin dates will be announced.

Ticketholders have been advised to inquire about exchanges or refunds where they bought their tickets, which cost up to €55.

The show featured a cast of past and present stars, including Julie Goodyear who played Rovers Return landlady Bet Lynch.

The Irish production was due to feature former Corrie regular Keith Duffy (pictured right), who is due to host a new Saturday radio show, his first, this week with 98fm.

Dates in Belfast have also been cancelled.

An email understood to be from the production staff and sent to cast and crew, and printed in 'The Stage', said the postponement was due to a lack of confidence in the show as it stands.

Irish Independent