Rent's Wallace to Star in Claydon and Lawler's Haunted in London

News   Rent's Wallace to Star in Claydon and Lawler's Haunted in London Jessie Wallace, who made her West End debut in December in the recent revival of Rent and who is best known for her work as Kat Slater on TV's "EastEnders," will return to the stage in May.

Wallace will join Gary McDonald, Hamish Clark, Caroline Catz and Sue Devaney in the world premiere of Jon Claydon and Tim Lawler's Haunted at the Arts Theatre.

Directed by Paul Jepson, the production will play a limited engagement at the West End venue May 21-June 14. Opening night is scheduled for May 23 at 7:30 PM.

Haunted, which will feature designs by Tim Shortall, is described as such: "Five guests attend a dinner party at a chi-chi loft apartment in Southwark, south London. As the evening progresses, things begin to unravel and a sixth character becomes apparent – the house itself. Is it haunted? And is the lift in the living room a portal to evil spirits?"

Alon Shulman produces for Only Hope Productions.

McDonald was in Market Boy at the Royal National Theatre. On TV he was a series regular on "EastEnders," "The Dream Team," "Brothers and Sisters" and "What You Looking At." Clark starred in the lead role of Duncan in six series of the BBC1 drama "Monarch of the Glen." He was last seen in the West End as Alan in Donkeys Years at the Comedy Theatre. Catz is currently starring as Louisa Glasson in the hit ITV drama "Doc Martin." She was Cheryl Hutchins in four series of "The Vice." Onstage she played Lulu in Max Stafford Clark's world premiere production of Mark Ravenhill's Shopping and Fucking, was in The Recruiting Officer at Chichester and Dog's Barking at the Bush. Devaney starred as dim-witted Jane in Victoria Wood's comedy series "Dinner Ladies" and for three years played Liz Harker in BBC1's "Casualty." Onstage she played Suzie in Wake Up Little Suzie and Molly in Good Golly Miss Molly (Oldham Coliseum), and was in Alan Bennet's The Wind in the Willows (National Theatre). The play marks the playwrighting debut for Jon Claydon and Tim Lawler, who as students sold out their Edinburgh revues three years running, sharing a space with a yet-to-be discovered Harry Enfield. Their first paychecks came from the BBC for "Pick of the Fringe," after which they were co-opted onto the BBC's fledgling writers' program. Despite working on projects like "The News Huddlines" and "Week Ending," Claydon had his head turned by the world of commerce. Meanwhile, Lawler won the Best Actor gong at the 1984 National Student Drama Awards for playing Alan Strang in Equus. He then built a theatre in NW5 with a respectable level of fringe success. Lawler then teamed up once more with Claydon to help turn Claydon Heeley International into the UK's fastest-growing marketing agency between 1991 and 2004. Agencies set up and chaired by Claydon won the coveted Agency of the Year awards from Campaign and Marketing six times.

Show times are Tuesday-Saturday at 7:30 PM.

The Arts Theatre is located on Great Newport Street in London. For tickets, call 0844 847 1608 or visit www.ticketmaster.co.uk. For more information go to www.artstheatrelondon.com.