FORMER Coronation Street star Kevin Kennedy and X Factor finalist and West End actress Brenda Edwards will head the cast in the first arena tour of the musical We Will Rock You.
Both are currently starring in the West End production but will join the UK leg of the scaled-up tour which comes to the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, from June 5-9.
We Will Rock You, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, was written and directed by Ben Elton who fashioned a futuristic comedy around 24 of Queen’s biggest hits.
Kevin Kennedy, best known to Coronation Street diehards as Curly Watts, plays Pop, a librarian who is stuck in his hippie past.
He said: “I’m so excited to return to the We Will Rock You tour, especially to be a part of the first ever arena tour, rocking out to thousands of fans every night. It’s going to be huge.”
Brenda Edwards, who came fourth in the second series of The X Factor, returns to the role of Killer Queen.
THEATRE by the Lake in Keswick has commissioned an ambitious stage adaptation of Rogue Herries, an historical novel by Sir Hugh Walpole who is buried in St John’s churchyard in the town.
One of the biggest productions ever staged at the theatre, the world premiere of the play – adapted from Walpole’s novel by Louise Page and set in Borrowdale – will take place on March 23. It will run until April 20.
Neglected in recent years, Walpole was a prolific writer, producing 36 novels, five volumes of short stories, two plays and a three-part memoir.
The historical romance Rogue Herries, published in 1930, was the first of the author’s most popular series of novels.
It tells of impetuous Francis Herries who, in the mid 18th Century, raises eyebrows when he moves with his family and mistress into his ancestral Lake District home and then sells his mistress at Keswick fair.
Walpole had a large house, Brackenburn, overlooking Derwentwater, where he died of a heart attack in 1941, aged 57.