Peter Kay is appearing in a play in his home town of Bolton... but only on tape.
He has recorded a voiceover to play the off-screen character Albert, ‘muckmiser’ at the local sewage works, in a revamped revival of the Seventies play Lighthearted Intercourse
Shameless star Maxine Peake has also recorded lines as his wife Clara.
Both have links with the theatre as Kay used to work in the box office and Peake started her acting career their.
The play was written by Bill Naughton, best known for creating Alfie, which later became a film starring Michael Caine.
Artistic director David Thacker said: ‘Largely based on his own early life as a young man in Bolton, Bill Naughton’s play is funny, moving and inspiring. As is usually the case with great writing, many of the issues that the play explores are still relevant today.’
The play opened last night and runs to November 3.
Kay’s next on-stage appearance will be at Blackpool Opera House on October 20, when he will be interviewed by radio presenter Danny Baker, for a show that will be broadcast and released on DVD. The 3,500-seat venue has sold out, and with tickets priced £35 to £40 that means it has taken around £150,000 at the box office.