Corrie stars in Dukes double

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Two famous faces to soap fans will grace The Dukes’ stage next month.

Wendi Peters and Kate Anthony, who played Cilla Battersby and Pam Hobsworth respectively in Coronation Street, are part of the cast of a play called Rutherford & Son.

The Northern Broadsides play is an unflinching portrayal of an industrial family on the brink of collapse.

Wendi is a Northern Broadsides regular and plays working class widow, Mrs Henderson in Rutherford & Son.

“It’s a lovely cameo,” she said. “Mrs Henderson is the mother of the young lady in the glass factory who is accused of stealing.

“A little bit of Dutch courage is what she needs to knock on industrialist Rutherford’s door. She’s slightly tipsy, a little the worse for drink and has a go at Rutherford. It’s really good one-to-one with him.”

Ranked by the National Theatre as one of the Top One Hundred Plays of the Century, Rutherford & Son has class, capitalism and gender at its heart.

In a household run on fear, cracks begin to appear and the emotional pitch builds up like a pressure cooker. As Rutherford’s absolute authority is challenged, a catastrophic family mutiny begins to unfold, threatening to destroy his world and his factory.

Rutherford & Son runs from February 19 to 23 and there will be a post show talk-back with director Barrie Rutter and the cast following the first night performance. To book tickets priced £8-£18.50 (concessions a further £2 off, excluding matinees) ring The Dukes box office on 01524 598500.