They’ve been going through a most turbulent time on the Coronation Street cobbles – but favourites from the ITV1 soap were all smiles as they enjoyed a night out at the theatre.
Nicola Thorp arrived on the red carpet at the press night for War Horse with her co-star Charlie de Melo who plays Imran Habeeb in Corrie.
And the pair looked a world away from all the drama on the famous street as they smiled for the cameras at the Lowry Theatre, a short walk from the Weatherfield set at Trafford Wharf.
Nicola’s character Nicola Rubinstein has left Corrie for a new life in Bristol after being shot by her own father Pat Phelan, who attempted to take her son Zack before holding bride Michelle Connor hostage in harrowing scenes.
And Charlie’s solicitor character is helping trainee manager Alya Nazir to fight for the Underworld factory which was left to her in tragic boss Aidan Connor’s will after he took his own life last month.
Nicola looked chic in a green jumpsuit and yellow mules and Charlie swapped Imran’s smart suits for a striped T-shirt and jeans with a camel-coloured hat to match his jacket.
Nicola and Charlie, who have known each other since drama school, recently enjoyed a fun time together in her home seaside resort Blackpool.
Sharing a photo of the soap stars together at the Pleasure Beach she told followers on Twitter: “My spiritual home. Still my favourite rollercoasters in the world.”
Tweeting about her goodbye to Weatherfield Nicola wrote: “Thanks to the cast and crew and everyone at Coronation Street for making the cobbles feel like home this past year.
“I’m lucky to call you my friends. Thanks to the audience and fans for all the love and support. From this Nicola (and the other one) see you later, Weatherfield. “
Also walking the red carpet were Faye Brookes, who plays Corrie’s Kate Connor, and her singer boyfriend Gareth Gates.
Flixton actress Faye looked summery in a blush pink top and coordinating bag with wide-legged black trousers, her dark tresses worn in beachy waves, and Pop Idol star Gareth posed alongside his partner in striking check pattern trousers teamed with a black T-shirt for their date night.
Also turning out for the acclaimed production of War Horse were Richard Hawley, who has won high praise for his portryal as Aidan’s grieving father Johnny Connor.
Johnny delivered a moving eulogy at his son’s funeral before falling into the arms of sympathetic Liz McDonald.
Georgia Taylor, whose character Toyah Battersby is going through heartache as the truth is about to emerge that baby Susie is Eva Price’s child and not the baby she and Peter Barlow had with a surrogate, was also looking forward to the show along with her co-stars Dolly-Rose Campbell, who plays Gemma Winter and Victoria Ekanoye who plays Angie Appleton.
Dolly, whose gobby character last week raised laughs on the This Morning sofa with Rosie Webster and Craig Tinker, wore a pretty floral dress and Victoria wowed in a sunshine yellow coat.
The National Theatre’s production of War Horse, the heart-warming tale of Albert Narracott, his beloved horse Joey and their extraordinary journey through the First World War, runs at the Lowry until Saturday June 30
The show made it’s regional premiere at the Salford venue in 2013 and, when combined with subsequent runs it will have been seen by over 220,000 people in The Lowry’s Lyric Theatre.
Its three week run The Lowry will also host the first ever ‘relaxed’ performance of the hit show in the north west, taking place on Thursday June 28 at 2pm.
The relaxed performance is for anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed environment in the theatre, including people with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, people with sensory and communication disorders, and those with learning disabilities.
Amongst the 34 strong cast is Bolton born Adam Barlow and Manchester University graduate Samuel Parker.
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