FORMER Coronation Street star Wendi Peters will help bring a bit of ‘ooh la la’ to Huddersfield.
She will star at the Lawrence Batley Theatre later this month when she appears in Hull Truck Theatre’s production of April In Paris.
The theatre company – regular visitors to the LBT – celebrates its 40th anniversary this year and is staging a national tour of the hit comedy.
The play’s writer John Godber will direct Wendi and co-star Robert Angell.
Wendi, best known for her TV role as Cilla Battersby-Brown in Coronation Street, will play Bet, a woman desperately seeking new experiences to liven up her dull existence.
When she hears from Bella magazine that she has won a weekend break to Paris, she is thrilled – but unsurprisingly, her husband Al (Robert Angell) is less enthusiastic.
The pair end up boarding the ferry together and find themselves in a host of hilarious situations.
As well as learning about French culture and cuisine, they also discover a lot more about each other.
Wendi, who last worked with Hull Truck on John Godber’s Teechers 16 years ago, said: “I have been touring for some time now and I love it as it’s great to work at different venues around the country and meet lots of people.
She was here in Huddersfield on stage at the LBT last year and was clearly keen to get back, despite a bit of a on stage a
“Taking this role in April in Paris was an easy decision. I was keen to work with John again and this is a beautiful play.”
Wendi had quite an unusual experience in Teechers: “I specifically remember Teechers at the Lawrence Batley Theatre because the fire alarm went off in the middle of the show. Everybody had to clear out of the theatre.
“There were three of us actors, in our school uniforms because it was Teechers, standing at the fire exits waiting with the whole audience. We went back in and had to restart the show.”
Since then Wendi has visited the LBT in the role of Mrs Metherill with Northern Broadside’s The Game, which was shown in November 2010.
Starring alongside Wendi is Robert Angell. As well as starring in numerous Hull Truck productions, Robert is well known for his role as Nigel Hinchliffe in BBC drama Waterloo Road.
April In Paris is a timeless and Olivier winning laugh-out-loud comedy. Can the city of love can rekindle some life into Bet and Al’s dying relationship. Will our couple succumb to the allure of l’amour in gay Paris, or will it battle stations amongst the boulevards?
Will it be a journey to the perfect partnership or the end of ‘la rue’? There’s only one way to find out…
April In Parish runs from Thursday, May 26 to Saturday, May 28, at 7.30pm with a Saturday matinee at 2.15pm.
Tickets are £16, £14, £12 with £2 off for concessions and all matinee tickets are £12.