EastEnders' Harriet Thorpe lands job with Coronation Street stars

EastEnders star Harriet Thorpe is teaming up with Coronation Street's Jodie Prenger and Peter Gunn for an upcoming theatre production of Gypsy The Musical.

Performing as a one-off charity special, the production will take place on Sunday, February 25 at Manchester's Opera House with funds going to Hope Mill Theatre's 'Hope for the Future' campaign, which aims to secure the future of the venue.

Based off of the memoirs of American burlesque performer Gypsy Rose Lee, Gypsy The Musical tells the story of stage mother Mama Rose, who pushes her daughters June and Louise to perform in vaudeville productions.

Prenger will lead the cast as Mama Rose, while Thorpe is set to play the role of Tessie Tura and Gunn will play Mr Goldstone in the one-off performance.

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The production will also feature former Emmerdale star Tom Lister as Herbie alongside RuPaul's Drag Race UK season one star Divina de Campo as Mazeppa. Tickets and more information on the performance are available here.

Responding to cast announcement on Hope Mill Theatre's Instagram page, fans shared their excitement for the line-up, with one person writing: "How fantastic. What a great cast."

"So excited for it all! Epic cast," a second person commented, while a third added: "Wish I could see this – please film it!"

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Currently starring as Elaine Peacock on EastEnders, Thorpe is no stranger to acting in musicals with the actress previously appearing in West End productions such as Cabaret, Wicked and Mamma Mia!

Meanwhile, Prenger, who currently plays Glenda Shuttleworth on Corrie, has appeared in productions such as Annie and Les Misérables.

EastEnders airs on Mondays - Thursdays at 7.30pm on BBC One. The show also streams on BBC iPlayer, where most episodes drop early at 6am ahead of their TV broadcast.

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