THERE is not long now until Helen Forrester’s By The Waters of Liverpool comes to The Southport Theatre from Friday, March 27 till Saturday, March 28.
A familiar and much-loved face on stage and screen, actress Sian Reeves has caused a stir on the cobbles of Coronation Street, and Sian is also about to take on a headline role in the new stage production.
Sian will play the role of Helen’s Mother, Celia Forrester, a testing and challenging role portraying a strong woman affected by her life, and that of her family, being turned upside down.
By The Waters Of Liverpool Spring 2020 UK Tour opens on Tuesday, March 3 at the New Brighton Floral Pavilion in Wirral – just a few miles from where acclaimed author Helen Forrester was born.
The 11-week national tour will visit 17 venues across the country and follows a hugely successful run at the Liverpool Empire Theatre in October 2018, when the new production was premiered to rave reviews.
After opening in New Brighton, the tour will then head to: Stockport, Warrington, St Helens, Lancaster, Crewe, Southport, Rhyl, Swansea, Darlington, Malvern, Eastbourne, Isle Of Man, Hayes, Winchester, Liverpool, and Blackpool.
The touring cast also features Mark Moraghan, Parry Glasspool, Lucy Dixon, Eric Potts, Lynn Francis, Danny O’Brien, Roy Carruthers, and Chloe McDonald.
In celebration of Helen Forrester's 100th Birthday, an iconic Blue Plaque will be unveiled at a special event in February at the late author’s family home in Hoylake – a place which featured heavily in Helen’s four volumes of best-selling autobiography, including Twopence To Cross The Mersey.
Sian will be joined by fellow cast member, Mark Moraghan who plays Helen’s father, and Helen Forrester’s son Robert Bhatia to unveil the Blue Plaque.
Ahead of going into rehearsals for By The Waters Of Liverpool, Sian talks about what a challenging and important role she has to play portraying Helen’s mother, Celia. She explained: “I’m playing Helen’s Mother, Celia Forrester, who is a wonderfully complex person. From money, status and class before the great depression of the 1930s, to then losing everything and being dumped in a damp bug infested house with one cold water tap, and one toilet – with seven children to look after.”
West Bromwich born Sian Reeves is an original cast member of the 1985 stage production of Les Misérables.
She also later appeared in the 25th anniversary performance at London’s O2.
Sian has already shared a stage with fellow By The Waters Of Liverpool cast member Mark Moraghan in celebrity TV singing contest, Just The Two Of Us – when Sian and opera singer Russell Watson won the competition.
Sian’s television credits also include: Casualty, Cutting It, Emmerdale, Hope Springs, Holby City and, more recently Coronation Street. Theatre credits include West Side Story, Love Me Tender, The Merchant Of Venice, and The Little Match Girl.
Sian can currently be seen appearing in Coronation Street, where she is sending revelations and shock waves throughout Weatherfield.
By The Waters Of Liverpool is set in the 1930s after Helen’s father went bankrupt during the Depression.
This new production of By The Waters Of Liverpool also features sizeable chunks from Helen’s earlier book Liverpool Miss, together with flashbacks to Twopence To Cross The Mersey.
By The Waters Of Liverpool has sold more than a million books.