ACTRESS and TV presenter Kym Marsh is set to star in a stage production of Fatal Attraction.

Kym, who played the role of Michelle Connor in ITV's Coronation Street, will play the role of Alex Forrest in show, based on the 1987 film.

The thriller promises to be provocative and gripping in equal measure, following the story of married New York attorney Dan Gallagher as he meets charming editor Alex on a night out in the city.

After a night of passion, Dan returns home to his family and tries to forget the mistake he made, but Alex has different ideas.

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Kym said it was a bit daunting to be following in the footsteps of Glenn Close, who played Alex in the film version and was nominated for an Oscar for the role.

She said: "All I can do is my best with it and not copy her, but the script of the play is slightly different. It's not scene-by-scene and word-for-word.

"There are subtle differences and you hear more from Alex about where she's been.

"It's hard to talk about without giving too much away, but you get more of a sense of who Alex is and what her journey may have been."

Kym said that she is looking forward to performing in front of a live audience, following the closure of theatres across the country during lockdown.

She said: "Having theatre back again is just brilliant because everyone missed it. I remember walking through the West End and seeing tape across theatre doorways, and it really made me sad.

"I'm absolutely delighted to be getting back on stage and getting audiences back in."

The production will open at the Theatre Royal in Brighton on January 14 until January 22, before setting off across the country, with stops in Newcastle, Edinburgh, Manchester, Cambridge and York.

Although she has not spent a lot of time in Brighton, Kym said she is looking forward to coming to the city because she has heard "many good things about the place".

"I'll be spending quite a bit of time there actually because we have our technical rehearsals prior to opening, plus I have a couple of friends who live in Brighton, so it will be nice to connect with them," she said.

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