Corrie actor takes on iconic role

The Sound of Music at the Opera House
The Sound of Music at the Opera House

Much loved for its unforgettable songs, The Sound of Music takes to the stage tonight.

Running until Saturday, at the Opera House, the ever popular stage version of the hit movie musical will see all the favourites including Edelweiss, My Favourite Things, Do-Re-Mi and of course the title song - The Sound of Music.

The performance marks a welcome change of form for former Coronation Street bad guy Frank Foster - as his real life persona Andrew Lancel takes on one of the most iconic roles in musical theatre: Captain von Trapp.

And for Lucy O’Byrne who plays one of the best loved heroines in musical history Maria Rainer it’s a chance to join the von Trapps after a host of roles building up to the big one.

Fans of TV’s The Voice will recall her as last year’s runner up who was quickly snapped up by a record label and released her first album, aptly named Debut.

Lucy’s background is in musical theatre. She said: “My dad was a musical theatre performer, and is still a singer, my mum was a dancer, choreographer and director and my sister is an actress as well so I grew up doing musicals.”

The Sound of Music runs nightly with matinee shows on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. Call the Opera House 0844 856 1111.