Hayley stars in gothic tragedy

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Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre’s acclaimed production of Black Roses: The Killing Of Sophie Lancaster – starring Julie Hesmondhalgh – returns to the venue next week.

A sell-out success when it premiered last year, audiences have a second chance to see this moving response to the senseless killing of the young gap-year student from east Lancashire.

Written as an elegy to Sophie by poet Simon Armitage – alongside the words of Sophie’s mother Sylvia Lancaster – the play was brought to the stage for the first time in September 2012 and played to packed houses throughout its run.

The production features the original cast which includes Rachel Austin as Sophie and Hesmondhalgh (best known as Hayley Cropper from Coronation Street) as Sylvia.

It won two Manchester Theatre Awards – Best Studio Production and Best Performance in a Studio Production, for Julie Hesmondhalgh.

Catch it while you can.