A revival of Peter Nichols' comedy Privates On Parade, with music by Denis King, will open at the Donmar Warehouse on Dec. 10, following previews starting Nov. 30.
Peter Nichols' comedic account 1977 account of a post-war army concert party in Malaya — the sort of National Service entertainment that produced a generation of comic writers and performers of the calibre of Kenneth Williams and Stanley Baxter (and Nichols himself) — stars Roger Allam, who was most recently seen in the National Theatre's productions of The Cherry Orchard and Albert Speer. The cast will also feature Malcolm Sinclair and Justin Salinger.
The show will be directed by Michael Grandage, whose previous productions for the Donmar have included Olivier Award-winning Merrily We Roll Along and Passion Play, which transferred to the Comedy Theatre.
This will be the third Nichols play performed in the West End in the space of a year, the others being Passion Play (in 2000) and A Day In The Life Of Joe Egg, which is scheduled to open at the New Ambassadors on the 1st October, starring Prunella Scales, Clive Owen and Victoria Hamilton.
Privates On Parade will have a limited run at the Donmar to March 2, 2002. Bookings for the show will start Sept. 24. — by Theatrenow