May this acting force be with us a long time

Actress Becky Hindley, who is in plays at the Stephen Joseph Theatre. Photo by Andrew Higgins 124905c 03/12/12
Actress Becky Hindley, who is in plays at the Stephen Joseph Theatre. Photo by Andrew Higgins 124905c 03/12/12
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Coronation Street brought Becky Hindley wider fame – but she had been delighting audiences for years before her turn as crazy Charlotte.

She was well-known to devotees of the Stephen Joseph Theatre having been a member of its repertory company and a visitor with Northern Broadsides.

She was the trusting wife Gertrude in its Hamlet and stole the show as Branwell Bronte’s selfish, waspish lover in We Are Three Sisters.

This season at the Stephen Joseph she is playing bad, mad and dangerous to know twice – first as May Force, the wicked stepmum in Cinderella and then as the formidable Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde’s sophisticated comedy Importance of Being Earnest.

“It is a crazy contrast of roles but a wonderful opportunity,” said Becky, who is a delight to meet. “To play two such different roles is a gift and hopefully I can pull it off,” she said,

She is performing in Cinderlla during the day and rehearsing Importance from early afternoon into the evening.

“The chance to play a role like Lady Bracknell rarely comes along and you just have to grab it.

“She has fantastic lines – including ‘the handbag’ – and is a gorgon of a charcter, upwardly mobile, very worried about society and takes no nense.”

Cinderella is om until December 15. The Importance of Being Earnest opens on December 18 and runs until January 5.