A TENBURY theatre director has been starring on national TV in the long-running soap Coronation Street.

Chris Garner, director of Regal Tenbury Wells' Pantomime 'CinderElla' is currently Starring as Gus Deering on the popular programme. 

The character, who made his debut in June, is the father of Coronation Street character, solicitor Joel.

Mr Garner, who can also be seen on Netflix in In from the Side (2022) playing Stuart, has a diverse acting portfolio including roles in Doctors, Emmerdale, and Casualty.

The star director will be bringing magic to the stage in Tenbury from December 11 to 31 this year, promising audiences a captivating performance of CinderElla at the Regal Tenbury Wells.

"His involvement in the pantomime adds a touch of star quality and promises to deliver an unforgettable theatrical experience," a theatre spokesperson said.

This year will be Mr Garner's third time directing the Tenbury pantomime.

"His extensive experience and creative vision have made his past productions beloved by audiences, and this year’s CinderElla is set to be another hit," the spokesperson said.

This year's pantomime is also the tenth professional pantomime at the Regal in Tenbury.

"This milestone underscores our commitment to delivering exceptional Christmas entertainment to our community," the spokesperson said.

Mr Garner said he was thrilled to be directing CinderElla.

"While working on Coronation Street has been an incredible journey, directing this pantomime allows me to bring a different creative vision to life," he said.

"I am excited to share this magical story with the audience."

CinderElla promises stunning sets, dazzling costumes, and a talented cast to enchant audiences of all ages.

The Regal is the town's community-focused multi-arts venue presents a varied programme of live comedy, music, and theatre alongside movie and arts screenings through the year.

It is a registered charity run by a small team of professionals supported by 80+ volunteers. The beautiful Art Deco building started life as a cinema in 1937.