KYM Marsh is to play the iconic role of Elsie Tanner in the Coronation Street musical.
The Ashton star, who plays Michelle Connor in the ITV soap, earlier scotched rumours she was to take the role, originally portrayed by Pat Phoenix, but she confirmed the part, which she will share with Jodie Prenger.
She said: “The strong, determined and indomitable women have always defined Coronation Street right from the very first episode to the present day and Elsie Tanner will go down in history as one of the most gossiped about women in Weatherfield.
“She’s left some rather big stiletto shoes to fill but to have the opportunity to represent such an iconic character of yesteryear on a stage of this scale is an absolute honour.”
Composer Trisha Ward said: “I am thrilled Kym is joining the world premiere tour of Coronation Street: Street of Dreams to play Elsie Tanner.
“Kym has a wonderful voice for Elsie’s torch-song, I Know How It Feels, and embodies the same beauty and dynamic passion that embodied this most iconic of the female characters.”
The show, which plays in venues in Manchester, Dublin, Belfast and Newcastle, opens in May.