Coronation Street actress announced as star of Fatal Attraction stage show coming to Birmingham

Kym Marsh has been announced along with the rest of the cast for the stage version of the 1980s blockbuster

Former star of the Corrie cobbles Kym Marsh is coming to Birmingham to play the iconic role of Alex Forrest in the stage version of Fatal Attraction which is coming to The Alexandra.

Marsh played Michelle Connor in Coronation Street for 13 years, winning many awards including the coveted Best Female Dramatic Performance in 2017.

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Her Corrie character became embroiled in many hot story lines, but maybe not as chilling as desire becoming deadly.

Kym will be taking up the role, made famous by Glenn Close back in the 80s, alongside fellow Corrie star Oliver Farnworth.

Oliver played Andy Carver in the soap between 2014 and 2017 and will play Alex’s lover Dan Gallagher who was played by Michael Douglas in the film.

Susy Amy, who appeared in ITV’s Footballers’ Wives, is playing Dan’s wife, Beth - the one who finds the bunny boiling!

Kym Marsh, Oliver Farnworth and Susy Amy are starring in the stage version of Fatal Attraction coming to The Alexandra

What can we expect at the stage adaptation of Fatal Attraction?

Fatal Attraction is the latest grip-the-edge-of-your-seat thriller from the producers of a series of celebrated tours. These include Patrick Hamilton’s Gaslight and Patricia Highsmith’s Strangers on a Train.

It will be at The Alexandra from Monday March 1 to Saturday March 5.

Fatal Attraction is written by James Dearden, who based the stage play on his Oscar-nominated screenplay, which in turn was adapted from his 1980 short film, Diversion. This brand-new production is directed by Loveday Ingram and features set and costume design by Morgan Large, lighting design by Jack Knowles, sound design by Carolyn Downing. Paul Englishby is the show’s composer and Fatal Attraction has been cast by Anne Vosser.

Just in case you can’t remember, or are new to the 1980s blockbuster, Fatal Attractionwas one of 1987’s highest grossing US Box Office releases.

Glenn Close played Alex Forrest in Fatal Attraction in 1987

It secured six major Oscar nominations at the following year’s Academy Awards, including: Best Actress for Glenn Close’s mesmerising depiction of urbane sophisticate Alex Forrest, Best Supporting Actress (Anne Archer), Best Writing Adapted Screenplay (James Dearden), Best Director (Adrian Lyne), Best Editing, and Best Picture.

Michael Douglas - at the peak of his Hollywood powers - was omitted from the list only as he was nominated elsewhere in the Best Actor category for his role as Gordon ‘greed is good’ Gecko in Wall Street, which he went on to win.

Fatal Attraction’s success was such that the film inspired a generation of psychosexual thrillers in the years that followed.

What do the Fatal Attraction stage directors day about the theatre version?

Director Loveday Ingram, who trained at the RSC, says I am excited to be working on this brilliant new stage adaptation of the iconic film Fatal Attraction. It’s a gripping, fast-paced psychological thriller that deals with complicated issues of consent, trust and responsibility.

“The play asks some difficult questions. Audiences today will no doubt respond differently to the ‘bunny boiler’ character Alex, made famous by Glen Close, and the debate it ignites today will be very different from 1988 as our awareness of mental health has progressed significantly. We have an exceptional cast, led by Kym Marsh, together with a first-class creative team, and set against the glamour and romance of Manhattan, the show promises to provide an evening of passion and debate.”

Click on the link to get more information and tickets to Fatal Attraction at The Alexandra.

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