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Lisa Riley to star in stage show Strictly Confidential next year

The former Emmerdale actress will appear in the show directed and written by Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood

She may not have made it to the Strictly Come Dancing final, but all is not lost for ex-Emmerdale actress Lisa Riley who has been cast in the stage show Strictly Confidential.

Written and directed by straight talking Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood, the stage production stars contestant Lisa Riley and professional dancers Artem Chigvintsev, Natalie Lowe and Ian Waite from the TV show.

Strictly Confidential is said to be an “autobiographical take” on the stars’ motivations during the BBC1 programme. It promises to take fans “on an epic journey told through music, song and breathtaking dance routines”.

“When I first signed up to Strictly I had no idea that I’d be able to ballroom dance, so I was thrilled to be asked to do the live tour,” said Riley.

“Being able to be a part of Strictly Confidential as well is such a great opportunity and I’m really looking forward to continue working with Craig, Artem, Natalie and Ian well into next year.”

Judge Revel Horwood, whose former directing credits include the opening ceremony of the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games, said: “It’s exciting to give fans an autobiographical take on this hit show, whilst also incorporating some of the show’s favourite moments. I’ve been working on Strictly Confidential for a while now and it’s a dream that everything is all coming together.”

Strictly Confidential will premier in theatres across the UK for two months from June 2013.