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Fifty years of Corrie to be squeezed into play

The entire 50-year history of Coronation Street is to be packed into a new stage show, condensing all of the trials and tribulations into just two hours.

Coronation Street Abridged Live! will take the audience through more than 7,000 episodes and 2,000 storylines including 115 deaths, 37 births and 86 marriages.

Weatherfield favourites including Ena Sharples, Hilda Ogden, Bet Lynch and Curly Watts will feature in the production, along with Corrie villains such as Richard Hillman, Alan Bradley and Tracy Barlow.

The play, penned by Coronation Street script writer Jonathan Harvey, kicks off in August at the Lowry Theatre in Salford, near Manchester, ahead of the soap's golden anniversary, before touring England.

The cast will not include any current or past actors from the programme, and the stage play is unrelated to the Coronation Street musical project, which is still under discussion.

Coronation Street's executive producer Kieran Roberts, who will oversee the stage show, said: "The very heart of British television has been beating with the pulse of Coronation Street for 50 years. That's a lot of memories, a lot of drama, a lot of poignancy and a lot of laughter.

"I'm thrilled at the prospect of bringing to life on stage all the great stories and characters of 50 years of Coronation Street."

Promoter Phil McIntyre, who is co-producing the show with ITV Studios, said: "I saw the first ever episode of Corrie when I was eight, so what an honour it is to bring the whole 50 years back to life 'live' on stage in its hometown of Salford".