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Celebrating 57 years of ‘The Ken Barlow Effect’

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Coronation Street star coming to Summerside May 29 at the Harbourfront Theatre

SUMMERSIDE – “Coronation Street” legend William Roache is celebrating 57 years of “The Ken Barlow Effect” and is including a visit to Summerside as part of that celebration. He will be appearing on the Harbourfront Theatre stage on May 29 for a 7:30 p.m. show.

To fans of the world’s longest-running television drama, Roache simply is “Coronation Street.” He has played Ken Barlow for more than 57 years, ever since the first episode of ‘Corrie’ premiered Dec. 9, 1960.

His portrayal of the often-conflicted patriarch of the troubled Barlow clan – a frustrated intellectual with a lifelong way with women – has earned accolades and numerous awards. It’s made Roache one of Britain’s most-beloved actors, a TV titan popular among the loyal followers of the kitchen-sink drama seen in dozens of countries and airing weeknights and Sunday mornings in Canada on CBC.

This intimate one-on-one onstage interview allows Roache to give fans a rare glimpse into his personal life. He will be sharing stories about his experiences on the famous set and reflecting on the plotlines and the actors he has worked with over five decades, many of whom are equally adored by loyal audiences.

“We’re pleased to welcome actor William Roache MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) to Harbourfront this May,” says Kieran Keller, Harbourfront Theatre’s executive director. “If you’re a fan of ‘Corrie,’ you won’t want to miss this special event.”

For more information about “Coronation St. Legend William Roache MBE: The Ken Barlow Effect” in Summerside May 29, visit harbourfronttheatre.com, call or visit their box office (902-888-2500) which is open Monday to Friday, 12 to 5 p.m.

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