Catherine Tyldesley’s debut play set to be streamed from City Varieties

Coronation Street‘s Catherine Tyldesley has written her first ever comedy play – The Ceremony. It’s set on Canal Street, Manchester, telling the story of life coach Donna Dium as she attemps to contact the spirit world for the first time. Following a string of appearances on daytime chat shows and armed with fifty quid’s worth of Ayahuasca from the local market, what could possibly go wrong? Quite a lot, I imagine.

The play will be broadcast online from Sunday 13th December, having been filmed at the iconic City Varieties Music Hall. A huge raft of stars have agreed to take part, including Corrie‘s Paula Lane and Sue Johnston. Musical theatre star Jodie Prenger also stars alongside Emmerdale‘s Samantha Giles. The Ceremony is directed by Lee Salisbury, who many of the stars will have worked with on the cobbles.

All proceeds will go to Acting for Others, Theatre Artists Fund and Leeds Heritage Theatres.

Catherine Tyldesley says, “I’m super excited about my first play going into production! I wrote The Ceremony during lockdown. I’ve managed to assemble my dream cast along with one of my all-time favourite directors, the brilliant Lee Salisbury.

“Writing has always been close to my heart and to finally see my words brought to life by such incredible talent is nothing short of a dream come true. I’m hopeful people will love the play as much as we do, and I’m thrilled we can raise money for the arts at the same time.”

Tickets can be purchased at

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