Corrie star Vicky’s back from the dead

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A CORONATION Street favourite who was killed off in the soap’s tram crash finds a new lease of life at The Dukes next month.

Vicky Binns, who played Molly Dobbs in the television soap, is unlucky in love again when she appears in Alfie at the Lancaster theatre.

Vicky takes the role of Alfie’s young, naïve girlfriend Annie in the 1960s classic, originally starring Michael Caine in the big screen version.

Vicky said: “I’m thrilled to be involved and I hope people will come along to share in the celebration of a great local work.”

Before joining the Street, Vicky was a regular character in Emmerdale, and has many theatre credits to her name.

Alfie is a Bolton Octagon production which will be played in The Round at The Dukes from April 3 to 7.

The theatre is familiar territory for Alfie director, David Thacker, who was artistic director of The Dukes from 1978 to 1984 and went on to win an Olivier Award with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

This production of Alfie marks 20 years since the death of its playwright, Bill Naughton.

It tells the story of Alfie Elkins, the working class Don Juan of the East End, who has women falling at his feet at the height of the Swinging Sixties. However his life soon comes apart at the seams and he starts to wonder “what’s it all about?”

On the first night of its Lancaster run, there will be a pre-show talk at 6pm with David Thacker.

There will also be a post show talkback with the director and cast after this show. Both these events are free to ticket holders.

Tickets are priced £11 to £18.50. Standing £5. Ring 01524 598500, or visit www.dukes-lancaster.org.