As a lifelong Corrie fan, I’m hardly unbiased about Corrie!, Jonathan Harvey’s affectionately comic revisiting of some of the best bits of the Street from the past 50 years.
A versatile cast of six plus former cast member Gaynor Faye capture the spirit of icons like Ena and Elsie, Ken and Deirdre, Stan and Hilda, the warring Duckworths, Bet, Raquel and Annie Walker, all with gentle humour. Births, marriages, deaths, prison and catfights act as hooks for bits of story, and memorable lines like ‘Woman, Stanley. Woman.’ come back to life.
The odd poignant moment creeps in, but not for long. A few half-forgotten plotlines are recalled, among them the 1967 train crash, and psycho nanny Carmel.
There’s a hint of Reduced Shakespeare Company in Tony Gordon - the Ballet, and the Ballad of Peter and Shelley - and Lucy.
Two moments stand out: Alan Bradley’s despatch by Blackpool tram, which is worth the ticket price on its own; and the silent movie version of the more recent anniversary tram crash.
It’s a can’t-miss show for Corrie lovers, at Sheffield’s Lyceum till Saturday.