ITV Coronation Street's Maureen Lipman admits she's already exhausted ahead of emotional soap exit | The Sun

CORONATION Street star Dame Maureen Lipman opens up about her gruelling last day on the ITV soap.

The Evelyn Plummer actress will be saying goodbye to the cobbles after five years on the street.

After swapping the screen for the stage, the 77-year-old announced she will be starring as 'Rose' on the West End.

Martin Sherman's one-woman play 'Rose' follows the title character, a Jewish woman who grows up in Ukraine, fleeing a Nazi-occupied Warsaw, and settling for a life in the United States.

The two-time Olivier-winning actress recently appeared on Loose Women to discuss her new venture to stage and share details of her last day of filming on the Corrie set.

She revealed to the panel: "They've really put me through it the last few weeks.

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"I've had seven scenes to learn a day. The last shot last night I literally lay on the floor and said, 'I can't go on'."

Viewers then saw a photo of Dame Maureen as Evelyn on the set floor.

She commented: "That is me at the end of yesterday, and now I'm here sparkling."

Despite her exit, Dame Maureen said that she will be back on Coronation Street, having extended her contract last year.

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Talking about returning as Rose, Maureen said: “I am delighted to be putting Rose back on her bench for a limited run at the Ambassadors in May.

"I thought I could never have the power to revisit Martin Sherman’s mystical, magical deeply philosophical and wildly funny creation, but Rose is in my blood and she has to be revived.”

Playwright Martin Sherman said: "Maureen Lipman’s performance as Rose is the greatest gift a playwright could ever dream of.

"Performance is perhaps the wrong word; she totally inhabits the role, the woman, the space, the language, the times, the events.

"I’m so happy that her astonishing alchemy has the opportunity to be witnessed again."

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