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Dry Rot - Liza Goddard
Dry Rot - Liza Goddard
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A planned return visit to Blackpool Grand Theatre of former Coronation Street favourite Vicky Entwistle has been scrapped due to what producers describe as “unforeseen circumstances.”

Vicky, who played the Wicked Queen in the Grand’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs pantomime, was due to star in a revival of the farce Funny Peculiar from Monday May 28 and had been receiving encouraging reviews – but the play itself was less well received

It has now been replaced by Dry Rot, voted one of the National Theatre’s top 100 plays, with an all-star cast including Liza Goddard, former comedy partners Gareth Hale and Norman Pace and Susan Penhaligon.

Listed in the National Theatre’s top 100 plays, Dry Rot ran for more than three years in the West End and is coming to the Grand from May 28 to June 2.

Liza Goddard began her career in Australia, where she starred as Clarissa ‘Clancy’ Merrick in Skippy The Bush Kangeroo. When she moved to the UK in 1969 she appeared in Take Three Girls and its sequel, Take Three Women. Her career breakthrough was in the 1972 series The Brothers which also starred her first husband, Colin Baker.

Gareth Hale and Norman Pace are better known as the comedy duo Hale and Pace. Both former teachers they fronted several TV programmes in their comedy partnership including The Management, Pushing Up Daisies and Jobs for the Boys.

Susan Penhaligon appeared at The Grand in last year’s gripping crime chiller Verdict. She shot to fame after appearing in Bouquet of Barbed Wire in the 1970s and since then has appeared in Upstairs Downstairs, A Fine Romance alongside Dame Judi Dench, Doctor Who and Emmerdale.

Dry Rot, a vintage 50’s comedy, was written by John Chapman, who wrote over 200 TV comedies including the Emmy award winning Fresh Fields, Happy Ever After and The Liver Birds.

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