Scott Bakula Opens in Frank Oz's Staging of Terrible Advice at London's Menier

News   Scott Bakula Opens in Frank Oz's Staging of Terrible Advice at London's Menier
 
Scott Bakula, best known for his Golden Globe Award-winning role as Sam Beckett in TV's "Quantum Leap" and as Captain Jonathan Archer in "Star Trek: Enterprise," returns to his theatrical roots to appear in the Menier Chocolate Factory's world premiere of Saul Rubinek's Terrible Advice, opening officially Sept. 29 following previews that began Sept. 22.

Scott Bakula
Scott Bakula

Frank Oz, who collaborated with Jim Henson in performing many Muppet characters including Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear, and has also directed such films as "The Muppets Take Manhattan," the musical film "Little Shop of Horrors" and "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," directs the play, with a cast that also includes Sharon Horgan, Andy Nyman and Caroline Quentin.

According to press materials, in the play Stanley (Stinky to his friends, played by Nyman) and Jake (Bakula) are best friends. Hedda (Quentin) and Delila (Horgan) are best friends. Jake loves Hedda; Stinky loves Delila. Stinky plans to marry Delila, until Jake shares some secrets and then gives him some advice.

Bakula, who has also recently guest-starred in seasons two and three of NBC television’s "Chuck" as the title character's father, Stephen Bartowski, can currently can be seen on the TNT series "Men of a Certain Age." Onstage, he made his Broadway debut as Joe DiMaggio in Marilyn: An American Fable, followed by the Off-Broadway musical Three Guys Naked From the Waist Down. He was Tony-nominated for his performance in Romance/Romance in 1988. More recently, he has played Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls at the Hollywood Bowl in L.A.

Horgan is probably best known for her role as Donna in the television series "Pulling," to which she has also contributed as a writer. She also appeared in Rob Brydon's "Annually Retentive," "The Pilot Show" and "Free Agents."

Nyman was last seen on the London stage in Ghost Stories at the Duke of York's. Other theatre credits include Moonlight and Magnolias at the Tricycle. Films include "Death at a Funeral," "Severance," "The Tournament" and "Wayne's World II." Quentin is currently appearing in the third series of BBC1's "Life of Riley," and is best known for her TV roles as Dorothy in "Men Behaving Badly," Maddie in "Jonathan Creek," "Blue Murder" and "Life Begins." Stage credits include appearances at Hampstead Theatre, the National, Royal Court and being part of the original cast of Les Miserables at the Barbican and Palace Theatres. In the West End, she has starred in An Evening with Gary Lineker.

Playwright Saul Rubinek is best known as an actor for playing Donny, Daphne's fiancé in "Frasier," and currently stars in "Warehouse 13." Terrible Advice is his first play.

The production is designed by David Farley with lighting design by Paul Anderson and sound design by David Ogilvy.

To book tickets, which are on sale through Nov. 12, contact the box office on 020 7378 1713, or visit www.menierchocolatefactory.com for more details.

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