She captured hearts as the feisty late wife of David Platt in Coronation Street , and now Paula Lane is “stretching her legs” by branching out into a musical theatre show about a pair of fabulous heels.
Paula is joining the UK tour of the award-winning hit musical Kinky Boots, and she’ll be showcasing her singing and dancing skills as assembly line worker Lauren in the story of a shoemaker asked by performer Lola to make a pair of sturdy new stilettos.
The story takes the audience from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan with a line in thigh-high red boots glamour boots.
Kinky Boots is a favourite with UK theatregoers and winner of three Olivier Awards for Best New Musical, and Paula is raring to go with the soundtrack by Grammy and Tony-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper already a regular fixture on her running playlist.
“I’m not part of the musical theatre world as yet but I’m so excited,” she told us.
“I’ve got my own pair of little red boots for the show.
“I was invited to watch the show back in February and I was clapping along. I’ll never get bored of the soundtrack, I listen to it when I’m out running.”
Paula played Kylie for six years until she was tragically stabbed to death by Clayton Hibbs in July 2016 before she had chance to leave the street to start a new life in Barbados with her children Max and Lily and husband David.
Her husband Tom Shaw has recently appeared on the cobbles as Fiz Stape’s childhood friend Kim Vaughan.
In May Paula starred in the Hope Theatre Company play ‘#BeMoreMartyn:The Boy with the Deirdre Tattoo’ about Corrie superfan Martyn Hett, who lost his life in last year’s Manchester Arena bombing.
She played the part of Rachel, Martyn’s school friend in the production at the award-winning theatre based on Pollard Street in Ancoats.
As Lauren the mother-of-two will get to show off her singing talents on the solo number The History of Wrong Guys.
“I do miss Kylie. She was fabulous, but it’s good for me to stretch my legs,” she said.
“I hold Coronation Street very, very close to my heart.
“It’s right on the nose of when my kids go to bed but I did catch the end of the Phelan drama.
“It’s such a huge machine and what they churn out is second to none. You can’t fault the energy they put into it.”
Kinky Boots runs at the Opera House from Monday November 12 to Saturday December 1. To book tickets visit atgtickets.com or call 0844 871 3018.