Les Dennis and Samantha Womack to star in The Addams Family musical

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Soap stars Samantha Womack and Les Dennis have signed up to star in a musical production of The Addams Family.

Samantha, 44, who is leaving EastEnders after almost a decade playing Ronnie Mitchell, has been cast as matriarch Morticia in the show.

Les, 63, whose final Coronation Street scenes as Michael Rodwell air on Friday night, is Uncle Fester in the musical comedy.

Les Dennis (Ian West/PA)
Les Dennis (Ian West/PA)

The stars playing Morticia's husband Gomez and son Pugsley are yet to be announced, while stage actress Carrie Hope Fletcher is daughter Wednesday Addams in the tour, based on the characters created by cartoonist Charles Addams.

The family originally appeared as cartoon characters before being adapted into a black and white TV series in the 1960s.

In the musical, Wednesday Addams, "the ultimate princess of darkness... has grown up and has a shocking secret ... she's fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family".

The Addams Family opens at the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, on April 20 next year.