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It was billed as a "dazzling production", a "spectacular musical event" which would bring the characters of one of Britain's best loved soap operas to life on the stage. But Street of Dreams – Coronation Street, the musical – ended in a nightmare when the show was pulled after just two performances, and stars including Paul O'Grady (Lily Savage), Julie Goodyear (Bet Lynch) and Kevin Kennedy (Curly Watts) complain they have still not been paid.
It is not clear they will ever see the money after Reckless Entertainment and Street of Dreams Ltd, two production companies behind the musical, were put into administration this week. A judge ruled on Wednesday that the firms were insolvent and gave them until the end of January next year to find more than £2m to pay their outstanding debts. »
- Helen Pidd
From terrifying kids' shows to blood-curdling adult dramas, TV has always created spine-chilling thrills and scary characters that have haunted viewers for days, nights and sometimes years. Daleks, Cybermen and Weeping Angels have terrified Doctor Who fans for decades, while the primetime soaps have had their share of evil villains with mad Trevor in Albert Square and Richard Hillman on the Corrie cobbles. Digital Spy's Scariest TV Characters Of All Time - In Pictures
- By Alex Fletcher
Silas Blissett returned to the Hollyoaks village this week with near-fatal consequences for Texas Longford. Surely it's only a matter of time before the lunatic strikes again, despite sparing Texas in Thursday's episode following his escape from the local psychiatric hospital. Many young soap fans might be surprised to learn that Silas is neither the first Hollyoaks serial murderer, nor the most brutal. Toby Mills jealously killed a total of 12 women due to their resemblance to ex-girlfriend Ellie Hunter. He also has strong competition in the serial killer stakes from Coronation Street's Richard Hillman, whose spree was triggered after leaving his business partner Duggie Ferguson for dead in February 2002. Hillman would later go on to kill his ex-wife with a spade and Maxine Peacock with a crowbar, (more) »
- By Paul Millar
Generations have grown up with Britain's longest running TV soap, but Corrie, the musical? Three years in the making and as ambitious as one of Liz MacDonald's skimpy outfits, this epic production hopes to transfer a small-screen legend into big arenas. Thus, the mocked up Coronation Street stage is the size of a road and there's an orchestra on the rooftops, where they have presumably been warned to watch out for passing trams.
The show begins like the 51-year old series, in grainy black and white. A large TV screen shows classic clips while beneath them Coronation Street actors and actors playing Coronation actors' parts trot across the stage. Confused already? "It's fantasy. Like Simon Cowell's sex life," cries compere Paul O'Grady, although the show's current star Kym Marsh is eerily "realistic" as the young Elsie Tanner. The 1964 clip of Martha Longhurst feeling peeky in the Rovers »
- Dave Simpson
As Coronation Street: the musical prepares to open, Simon Hattenstone goes behind the scenes and asks the cast – from Julie Goodyear to Bill Roache – how they plan to bring its bolshy magic to the stage
I can't move for childhood ghosts. In front of me is grumpy Albert Tatlock; to my left, battleaxe Ena Sharples and her mousey friend Minnie Caldwell; to my right, legendary busybody Hilda Ogden. We are in a huge warehouse in east London, for rehearsals of Street of Dreams (or Coronation Street, the Musical), and I am finding this time-travel strangely moving. I'm tempted to hug these characters, ask them how they've been all these years.
Like so many people (and especially Mancunians), I grew up with Coronation Street. Back in the 1970s, it was pretty much the soap. But it was also more than that. In its youth, the series was fantastically well written, »
- Simon Hattenstone
Former Coronation Street star Kevin Kennedy has promised that the team behind the soap's new musical project are planning "big surprises" for fans. As announced last month, Kennedy is reprising his role as Curly Watts for live stage show Street of Dreams, which has its premiere at Manchester's M.E.N. Arena later this year. Bill Roache (Ken Barlow), Katy Cavanagh (Julie Carp), Julie Goodyear (Bet Lynch) and Brian Capron (Richard Hillman) have also signed up, while Paul O'Grady will be hosting. Kennedy told the Manchester Evening News: "It's big, it's spectacular - that's why it's got to be in an arena setting. It's just a beautiful piece of work and very complimentary to what Coronation Street is all about." "There's going to be a myriad of big surprises," (more) »
- By Daniel Kilkelly
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