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Saturday 27 December 2014

Bollywood Carmen role for Chelsee

Chelsee Healey is to star in a Bollywood version of opera Carmen
Chelsee Healey is to star in a Bollywood version of opera Carmen

Strictly Come Dancing runner-up Chelsee Healey is to star in a spectacular Bollywood TV version of the classic opera Carmen live from Bradford.

The actress joins a cast including former EastEnders star Preeya Kalidas, who played Amira Masood, in the title role and Indian film actor Abhay Deol.

Waterloo Road star Chelsee, who was runner-up to McFly star Harry Judd in the 2011 series of the ballroom dancing show, said: "I'm playing a character called Shazzy, she's a fun loving girl who likes to party, she's a bit mischievous which is me all over so I don't reckon I'm going to be doing any acting."

The free hour-long show will be broadcast from Bradford's City Park and more than half of the tickets will be put aside for local people.

Preeya said: "Bollywood Carmen really does have something for everyone, it's an amalgamation of music, dance, story and a lot of fun. Live theatre is very exciting and I think to have the audience as part of that is not only an experience for them but will also be an experience for us."

Bizet's original opera is set in Spain. Bollywood Carmen will take place on June 9 and will be shown on BBC Three.

Two years ago the channel produced a live version of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein in Leeds.

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