First look at EastEnders star Samantha Womack as Morticia in The Addams Family

Former Coronation Street actor Les Dennis will also feature as Fester

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A first look at Samantha Womack’s first post-EastEnders role has been revealed. Following her departure from the BBC1 soap at the start of 2017, the actress is to play Morticia in a new musical comedy based on The Addams Family. Actor Cameron Blakely is to feature as husband Gomez, while former Coronation Street star Les Dennis will portray Fester.

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The production – co-written by Jersey Boy scribes Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice – will see a grown-up Wednesday fall in love with a man from a respectable family, a secret that only Gomez knows. Gomez then decides to keep the pairing a secret from wife Morticia, only for the drama to reach a crescendo at a family dinner involving Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

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Created by American cartoonist Charles Addams, the spooky clan have previously been brought to life on an ABC sitcom and in two big-screen movies starring Anjelica Houston, Raul Julia and Christopher Lloyd.

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The UK and Ireland tour of The Addams Family will begin at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh on 20 April 2017.