This new production, directed by the author, was first seen at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, the theatre that Ayckbourn runs there, in September 2008. It will begin performances at the Vaudeville Jan. 29, 2009, prior to an official opening Feb. 6, for a season that will initially book to May 31. Dee and Ayckbourn last worked together on Comic Potential that came to the West End's Lyric Theatre in 2000, and she also subsequently did in the play's first Off-Broadway run at Manhattan Theatre Club in 2000, where it was directed by John Tillinger. For the original London run, Dee won all the major British acting awards, including the Olivier, Evening Standard and Critics' Circle Best Actress Awards. In New York, she won the Obie, Theatre World, Lucille Lortel, Drama League citation and a Drama Desk nomination for Best Actress. She was most recently seen on the London stage in a revival of William Nicholson’s Shadowlands, Donkey's Years, Carousel, My One and Only, Mack and Mabel and Betrayal.
The production, which also features Ayckbourn regulars Bill Champion, Joanna David, Stuart Fox and Paul Kemp alongside Perdita Avery, Dominic Hecht and Martin Parr, is presented in the West End by Bill Kenwright.
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