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Corrie star Kym Marsh sinks her teeth into vampire role

By Maureen Coleman

Coronation Street star Kym Marsh is to vamp it up in a new local production based on Bram Stoker's famous Gothic horror story.

The brunette has been cast alongside local actresses Rachel Tucker and Jayne Wisener to play the brides of Dracula in upcoming show Jonathan Harker And Dracula at the Theatre At The Mill in Newtownabbey.

Star of stage and screen Gerard McCarthy will double up playing both Harker, whose diaries chronicle the bloody tale, and the greatest horror character of all-time, Count Dracula.

The cast announcement was made at midnight on Twitter after a teaser quote from Stoker's original text was tweeted on the production's official account @MrJHarker.

It read: "Tonight, when the clock strikes midnight, all the evil things in the world will have full sway... They're coming! #Brides of Dracula."

Marsh, Tucker and Wisener will feature in pre-filmed sequences to be projected on stage with Belfast actor McCarthy. They are expected to shoot the sequences in Belfast next month.

Marsh is best known for her role as Michelle O'Connor in the ITV soap.

She has won a number of awards for the part, including a British Soap Award, a TRIC Award and a National Television Award.

On stage she played Annette in the West End production of Saturday Night Fever and recently performed in Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues in the Isle of Man.

Tucker rose to fame in the BBC1 talent search I'd Do Anything.

The Belfast actress went on to land the highly coveted role of Elphaba in the West End production of Wicked, for which she won several awards.

Other theatre credits include Meat in We Will Rock You, Ida in Farragut North, Maureen in Rent at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin, and Sally Simpson in The Who's Tommy.

Rachel also plays Meg Dawson in The Last Ship, a new musical composed by Sting, opening on Broadway in October.

Wisener became a household name after landing the role of Johanna in Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd alongside Hollywood A-lister Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter.

She also played Lauren in The Inbetweeners, Sandie Morrow in local production Six Degrees and Stacie in E4's Misfits. McCarthy has starred in Hollyoaks, The Fall, Titanic: Blood & Steel, and Vikings.

His first feature film, A Nightingale Falling, is due for cinema release in September.

He said: "We wanted three powerful, strong, sexy women to play the brides of Dracula and I'm delighted that Kym, Rachel and Jayne are on board."

Directed by Ulster Theatre Company's artistic director Michael Poynor, Jonathan Harker And Dracula will run from September 18-27 at the Theatre At The Mill before a UK and Irish tour.

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