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Corrie’s Becky swaps cobbles for stage

It's only been a couple of weeks since we saw her totter off the 'Corrie' cobbles for good, but Katherine Kelly is already treading the boards in her first post-soap role.

The actress is starring in 18th century farce 'She Stoops To Conquer', which is playing at London's National Theatre until 21 April.

Katherine Kelly in She Stoops To Conquer

Kelly plays Kate Hardcastle, with 'Benidorm' and 'League Of Gentlemen' star Steve Pemberton as her father and Sophie Thompson, known to millions of 'EastEnders' viewers as Stella, playing her mother.

The comedy follows Pemberton's Hardcastle as he attempts to match his daughter with the son of an old and respected friend. However, a series of misunderstandings sees potential son-in-law Marlow mistake Hardcastle for an innkeeper and his daughter for a barmaid.

Pemberton is excellent as the increasingly exasperated father who finds himself caught up in the story's tangled web, while Thompson draws belly laughs as Mrs Hardcastle.

[See also: 11.5 million viewers watch Becky's exit]

However, it's Kelly who steals the show with a performance that suggests that she is set to become soapland's next big cross-over star.

Relaunching herself with a critically-acclaimed stage role so soon after quitting 'Corrie' was a clever move on her part. Don't expect to see her in panto any time soon.

You can book tickets to 'She Stoops To Conquer' from the National Theatre's website -

The production will also be broadcast live to selected cinemas around the UK on 29 March -