Soap stars visit Theatre Royal in new comedy

“BusyBody”, a comedy featuring some of Britain’s most well known soap stars, visits Lincoln Theatre Royal this week. Former “Coronation Street” star, Tracy Shaw, talked about her lead role in the show.


Former Coronation Street star Tracy Shaw will be at the Theatre Royal later this week. Photo: Liz Hobbs Group.

The show features other professionals such as Gemma Bissex, Paul David Gough and Peter Armory and promises to provide a mixture of a comedy and thriller storyline. Set in the 1960s the shows main character (played by Shaw) finds out her husband may be dead and there are many different suspects.

“The writing is fantastic and we’ve all adapted to our roles really well,” Shaw said. “It’s something we’ve all really enjoyed doing because it’s different to what we’re well known for.

“My character Claire finds out her husband may be dead, she’s a busy body who knows everyones business and she starts to get suspicious.”

The cast have been working with each other for a long time and have performed in many different towns and cities across the country. “We’ve got an fantastic cast, and we really do have a lot of fun. The audiences so far have roared with laughter from the beginning and that’s something which makes this tour worthwhile.

“There’s always just something that happens live which is different each evening and makes the show a lot more exciting, meaning that our audience gets something a little bit different every night. Live theatre lets us connect with our audiences and I certinaly feel that I connect with Lincolnshire.”

Shaw is well known for playing former “Coronation Street” character Maxine Peacock and the show played a huge part in her career development. “I was honoured to be in ‘Coronation Street’ for nine and a half years, I learnt a lot from being in front of the camera and the experience is something I’ll have with me for life.”

Moving from television to the stage can be challenging for some actors but Shaw felt like she was back in her natural environment. “Before ‘Coronation Street’ I trained at drama school and all the things I learnt from there came flooding back. I prefer theatre a lot more, as you can play more of a diverse range of characters, and I really feel at home on stage.”

The show runs from the 8th-12th of March and tickets are still available from the box office or through the Theatre Royal website. Tickets are priced at £16.50 to £18.50 depending on seat location.

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