The Syndicate Play concludes with 5 star reviews

23rd November 2023

Written by:

Gaynor Mellor, Creative Director

Kay's final stage play, The Syndicate, concludes it's UK tour with multiple five star reviews!

The warmth and affection that all involved have for the piece, and in turn for the talent of Mellor, radiates from the stage at every moment. ***** ”

East Midlands Theatre

You’ll leave those theatre doors feeling as happy as Jamie when he gets the keys to his Porsche, the serious wit and humour this show holds will have you fully dressed in a smile. ***** ”

North West End

Samantha, known to millions as Bernice Blackstock in the hugely popular long running soap Emmerdale – plays the role of Denise. Samantha recently exited the soap after 14 years after her character goes on the run to avoid her debt. She will be joined by Brooke Vincent as Amy. Brooke is best known to TV viewers as Sophie Webster in Coronation Street, a role that she played from 2004-2019, and has recently been hosting the Drivetime show for Hits Radio.

Based on the smash-hit, critically acclaimed BBC One drama that entertained millions of viewers over four series, the world premiere of Kay Mellor’s final stage play, The Syndicate tours the UK for 14 weeks from April to July next year and will be directed by Gaynor Faye.

The Syndicate, which is based on the first TV series, tells the story of five supermarket workers whose lottery syndicate numbers come in, just as their jobs and livelihoods are under threat. Will a share of the jackpot make their dreams come true or their nightmares a reality? One thing’s for certain, the win of a lifetime will change the lives, loves and relationships of the syndicate members forever.

Kay Mellor was such a powerhouse who understood real people and like millions of others, I loved the TV series. I’m looking forward to bringing Denise to life on the stage and I can’t wait to be working with Gaynor and treading the boards once again. ”

Samantha Giles who will play kind-hearted Denise

I am so excited to be back on stage and thrilled to be working with Gaynor on The Syndicate. Kay was such a legend and the TV series was brilliant. She has written a brilliantly vibrant character in Amy and I can’t wait to get on the road and get my teeth into the role on stage ”

Brooke Vincent who will play Jamie's sister-in-law Amy

The Syndicate is produced by Rollem and Josh Andrews Productions in association with JAS Theatricals. For full tour dates and to book tickets, visit

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