Soap stars in Chicago

One of Britain’s best loved soap stars, Jessie Wallace - Eastenders’ Kat Slater - will swap the square for the stage as she takes on the role of Mama Morton when hit musical Chicago comes to Nottingham this month.

Jessie’s former colleague John Partridge will appear as Billy Flynn, Hayley Tamaddon will play Roxie Hart, Sophie Carmen-Jones takes the role of Velma Kelly, Neil Ditt is Amos Hart and A.D. Richardson plays Mary Sunshine.

Based on real life events back in the roaring 1920s, nightclub singer Roxie Hart shoots her lover and along with cell block rival, double-murderess Velma Kelly, they fight to keep from death row with the help of smooth talking lawyer, Billy Flynn.

The score is sexy and sassy and includes All That Jazz and Razzle Dazzle.

The rip roaring show has won six Tony, two Olivier, one Grammy, two Bafta and six Academy Awards.

Jessie Wallace is best known for playing Kat Slater in EastEnders, a role for which she has won numerous awards. Her other TV credits include Amy Kriel in Wild at Heart and Pat Phoenix in The Road to Coronation Street, for which she was nominated for a Bafta Award.

John Partridge is probably best known for playing the role of Christian Clarke in EastEnders. His many musical theatre credits include Rum Tum Tugger in Cats in the West End, and John in Miss Saigon.

Hayley Tamaddon has just finished playing Andrea Beckett in Coronation Street. She also played Del Dingle in Emmerdale. Her numerous theatre credits include The Lady of the Lake.

Sophie Carmen-Jones’s many West End credits including Jersey Boys, Wicked and We Will Rock You. in Spamalot and Janet in The Rocky Horror Show.

A nightclub singer, a double-murderess, a smooth-talking lawyer and a cell block of sin: it would be a crime to miss it.

See the show at Nottingham Royal Concert Hall from Monday August 15 – Saturday August 20.

Tickets are priced from £18 - £39.50. Visit www.trch.co.uk or call 0115 9895555 to book.