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Beautiful Thing - Suranne Jones stars

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

NEXT year, stage and television actress Suranne Jones returns to the West End to star in Jonathan Harvey’s award-winning Beautiful Thing, which runs at the Arts Theatre from April 17 (previews from April 13) to May 25, 2013, prior to a UK tour.

The play, which will be celebrating its 20th anniversary, is billed as a glorious urban love story between two young men, Jamie and Ste, who are coming to terms with their sexuality and the effect it has on the people in their lives.

Suranne Jones will play Sandra, Jamie’s mother. Jones is best known for her roles as Karen McDonald in Coronation Street and DC Rachel Bailey in Scott and Bailey. Her other television credits include the human Tardis in Dr Who, A Touch of Cloth and The Secret of Crickley Hall.

Her stage work includes Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls (Chichester Festival Theatre and Trafalgar Studios), A Few Good Men (West End) opposite Rob Lowe, Terms of Endearment (touring production) and Blithe Spirit (Royal Exchange Theatre).

A regular writer on Coronation Street, Jonathan Harvey also wrote hit TV series Gimme, Gimme, Gimme and Beautiful People. His stage work includes Canary, Corrie! and Closer to Heaven, as well as the best-selling 2012 novel All She Wants.

Beautiful Thing will be directed by Nikolai Foster and designed by Colin Richmond.

Beautiful Thing will tour to Liverpool, Leeds and Brighton.

Also at the Arts Theatre: Simon Callow’s A Christmas Carol and the Broadway musical Seussical.