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Dateline: 15th March, 2009

Roger Allam

La Cage Goes On
The Menier Chocolate Factory production of La Cage Aux Folles has extended its stay at the Playhouse until 9th January, 2010, and has also announced cast changes. Graham Norton and Steven Pacey have extended their run in the show until 2nd May and then Roger Allam will take over as Albin on 4th May whilst original cast member Philip Quast will return to play Georges on the same day.

Tickets for the extended run will be released for sale on Monday, 16th March.

Hampstead Frayn Casting
The casting has been announced for the Hampstead Theatre's revival of Michael Frayn's Alphabetical Order, part of the venue's fiftieth anniversary season. The cast will be Annette Badland (Nora), Michael Garner (Wally), Gawn Grainger (Arnold), Jonathan Guy Lewis (John), Chloe Newsome (Lesley), Imogen Stubbs (Lucy) and Ian Talbot (Geoffrey).

Christopher Luscombe directs the revival, which runs from 16th April to 16th May.

Alphabetical Order was first produced at Hampstead in March 1975. It transferred to the West End and won the Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy.

Matthew Kelly Tracey  Childs

Kelly and Childs in Trafalgar Albee Revival
Matthew Kelly and Tracey Childs are to play George and Martha in a revival of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, first seen at the Lichfield Garrick last year, at the Trafalgar Studios from 14th April to 9th May. Louise Kempton plays Honey and Mark Farrelly Nick. Andrew Hall directs.

Menier Announces Rookery Casting
Terry Johnson is to direct a revival of Ben Travers' farce Rookery Nook at the Menier Chocolate Factory from 16th April to 20th June. In the cast are Edward Baker-Duly, Nick Brimble, Lynda Baron, Mark Hadfield, Kellie Shirley, Neil Stuke, Alan Thompson, Clare Wilkie and Sarah Woodward.

Stop Messing About

Kenneth Williams Extravaganza in Leicester Square
Robin Sebastian (Kenneth Williams), Emma Atkins (Joan Sims) , Charles Armstrong (Douglas Smith) Nigel Harrison (Hugh Paddick), Keith Wickham (Sound Effects Man) are to appear in Stop Messing About, a "Kenneth Williams extravaganza" at the Leicester Square Thetaae from 22nd April(previews from 15th) running to 24th May.

Set during live a BBC studio recording, Stop Messing About is directed by Michael Kingsbury and written by Johnnie Mortimer and Brian Cooke.

Sins and Sinners in Barbados
Producer Marc Sinden's anthology Seven Deadly Sins Four Deadly Sinners is to be performed at a special one-off Gala night at the Holders Season, Barbados on Thursday 2nd April, prior to an 18-month tour of Australia & New Zealand. The cast will be Belinda Lang, Sue Holdereness, Sara Crowe and Tara Blaize.

Duet for One

Almeida Duet to Tour and Transfer
The Almeida production of Tom Kempinski's Duet for One, which stars Juliet Stevenson and Henry Goodman and ended its run at the Islington venue yesterday (14th March), is to tour to Bath, Windsor and Richmond, and then transfer to the Vaudeville on 7th May (opening on 12th May), for a 12-week season to 1st August.

Jermyn Street Sondheim for the West End
Primavera's production of Sondheim's Saturday Night, which closed at the Jermyn Street Theatre yesterday (14th March) is to transfer to the Arts Theatre Arts Theatre for a limited run from 25th March to 11th April. The cast - Helena Blackman, David Ricardo-Pearce, Joanna Hickman and Charlie Cameron.- remains the same. The production is directed by Tom Littler.

Fucking Men extends
Fucking Men, the comedy of sexual manners based on Schnitzler’s La Ronde and written by Joe Di Pietro and directed by Phil Wilmott has announced a second extension to its run at The King’s Head, Islington. Originally due to end on 25th January, the production will now also play from 19th March to 6th June.

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