Maxine Peake has announced her next role which will be to portray The Velvet Underground’s Nico in a new stage show.

Nico, whose real name is Christa Päffgen, shot to fame after providing vocals on the seminal 1967 album The Velvet Underground and Nico. The German singer, who also appeared in a host of different films, will be remembered in the new show entitled The Nico Project.

The project, we’re told, will be focusing on Nico’s somewhat dark 1968 solo album The Marble Index. Speaking to BBC News about the show, Peake said: “You look at her work and it’s extraordinary – the artistry and the depth. It’s very dark, it’s very complex, it’s very challenging.

“I think she’s been such a huge influence especially on a lot of female artists, and currently you can hear a lot of [Nico’s] influence.”

She continued: “Where does that come from? I remember first listening to The Marble Index in my late teens in a dark room and I felt very uneasy about it.

“It takes you to uncomfortable places, but it’s beautiful at the same time. And I’m just fascinated with people who allow that to really seep out of them, to express that and to go to those places that most of us try to avoid.”

The performance will fall as part of the Manchester International Festival who unveiled their full line-up this week.

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