LaBute's Fat Pig to Transfer to the West End; Bishop and Burns Will Join Cast

News   LaBute's Fat Pig to Transfer to the West End; Bishop and Burns Will Join Cast Neil LaBute's Fat Pig, currently playing the Trafalgar Studios through Sept. 6, will transfer to the Comedy Theatre, resuming performances on Sept. 11.
Playwright Neil LaBute.
Playwright Neil LaBute.

At the Comedy Kevin Bishop and Nicholas Burns will succeed, respectively, current stars Kris Marshall and Robert Webb. Joanna Page and Ella Smith will continue in their roles.

The play revolves around the developing relationship of Tom (Burns) and the plus-sized Helen (Smith), much to the consternation of Tom's work colleagues Carter (Bishop) and Jeannie (Page), the latter of whom he has previously dated.

Bishop is the star of Channel 4's "The Kevin Bishop Show," and he has also starred in the Channel 4 comedy sketch shows "Dogface," "Spoons" and "Star Stories." His BBC credits include "Hotel Babylon," "Love Soup," "According to Bex," "In Deep," "Casualty," "Dangerfield," "Silent Witness" and "My Family."

Burns has starred on television in "Benidorm," "Absolute Power," "Man Stroke Woman" and in the title role of "Nathan Barley." His London stage work includes The Madness of George Dubya and The Libertine.

Fat Pig is directed by the playwright. LaBute's previous plays to be seen in London include bash: latter-day plays, The Mercy Seat, The Distance from Here and The Shape of Things, all first produced at the Almeida, and Some Girl(s), seen at the Gielgud Theatre in 2005. Later this year, the Almeida will also offer the U.K. premiere of LaBute's In a Dark House (first seen at MCC in New York last year), opening on Nov. 27 (following previews from Nov. 20). His feature films include "In the Company of Men," "Your Friends and Neighbors," "Nurse Betty," "Possession" and a film version of "The Shape of Things." Fat Pig was originally produced at New York's Lucille Lortel Theatre in 2004 under the auspices of MCC Theatre, the Off-Broadway company who recently also produced LaBute's latest play, reasons to be pretty. Fat Pig is produced in London by Ambassador Theatre Group's Howard Panter, Broadway producer Barry Weissler, who is currently represented in the West End and on Broadway by his production of Chicago, and Anna Waterhouse.

For tickets contact the box office at 0870 060 6632 or visit www.fatpigtheplay.com.

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