Wood’s long-time colleague, Julie Walters, stars as Mrs. Overall, though the writer herself will fill in for the “Billy Elliot” actress twice a week.
Trevor Nunn directs the show, which marks the 20th anniversary of Wood’s spoof soap opera, which was first broadcast on BBC television in Jan. 1985. Wood’s original part, however, is played by Sally Ann Triplet, who joins Nunn again after playing Reno Sweeney in his recent production of Anything Goes at Drury Lane. Josie Lawrence, who made her name in another TV comedy, “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” also joins the cast, further expanding a stage resume that has included parts as diverse as Kate in an RSC The Taming of the Shrew and Anna in The King and I at the London Palladium. Neil Morrissey, Celia Imrie and Duncan Preston are the other leads.
With a top price of £65 for weekend shows — which with booking fees can exceed £70 — the show will ascend further above the West End’s once sacred £50 ceiling than any other London show. Acorn’s producer, Phil McIntyre, was one of those who first smashed the £50 ceiling with the Queen musical We Will Rock You (still running at the Dominion). But Acorn Antiques sets a new high. Reportedly, it was Wood herself who stopped the prices being set even higher.
Gareth Valentine is music supervisor, with Chris Walker as orchestrator. Stephen Mear choreographs. Set designs will be by Lez Brotherston, costumes by Stephen Brimson-Lewis with Andrew Bridge on lighting duties and Paul Groothuis on sound.
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