Soap favourite Kym Marsh is to play the iconic villain Cruella De Vil in the new stage adaptation of 101 Dalmatians, which comes to Southampton in the autumn.

The actor, presenter and singer, best known for her role as Michelle Connor in Coronation Street, will take to the Mayflower Theatre stage from October 22 to 26.

She said: “Has there ever been a more fabulous baddie?! Obviously she’s a million miles away from me in real life - and my dogs are very glad about that - but being able to bring to life my take on this renowned character is a real treat."

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When fashionista Cruella de Vil plots to swipe all the Dalmatian puppies in town to create her fabulous new fur coat, there’s trouble ahead for Pongo and Perdi and their litter of adorable, tail-wagging young pups.

This classic canine caper is brought to life on stage with spectacular puppetry, show-stopping choreography, hilarious songs and irresistible puppies.

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