Brandon to Star in Oliver Cotton's Playwriting Debut, Wet Weather Cover, Premiering in London

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08 Jan 2010

Michael Brandon, best known for playing Dempsey in the hit 1980s TV series "Dempsey and Makepeace," is to star with Steve Furst and Pepe Balderrama in a new play, Wet Weather Cover, representing the playwriting debut of actor-turned-playwright Olivier Cotton. It will begin performances at London's King's Head Theatre Jan. 20, prior to an official opening Jan. 28, for a run through Feb. 21.



The play revolves around an epic movie, whose filming is delayed by torrential rain on location in Spain. Two actors are trapped in a leaking trailer. A Brit (Furst) and a Yank (Brandon) battle it out in what the press materials call a play "about status, ego and assumptions of national identity."

The play is directed by actor-turned-director Kate Fahy, making her directorial debut, with designs by Tanya McCallin, lighting by Emma Chapman and sound by Tim Middleton.

Brandon was last seen on the London stage when he played Jerry Springer in the world premiere production of Jerry Springer – the Opera at the National Theatre and subsequently at the West End's Cambridge Theatre, for which he earned an Olivier Award nomination. His TV credits also include "Bones," "Bewitched," "Ally McBeal" and "The Knack." He also narrated "Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends."

Furst is a comedy actor, well known for his alter ego Lenny Beige. He has also appeared in TV's "Little Britain" and "The Legend of Dick and Dom." He also appears in the film "St. Trinian's 2."

Balderrama has been seen onstage in The Miser at Manchester's Royal Exchange, No Such Cold Thing at London's Tricycle Theatre and Accidental Death of an Anarchist at Colchester's Mercury Theatre.

Playwright Cotton has appeared extensively at the National, RSC and in the West End as an actor. Credits include The Grapes of Wrath at Chichester Theatre and Trevor Nunn's productions of The Royal Hunt of the Sun and Summerfolk (both at the National Theatre) and Richard II (Old Vic). He also appeared in Matthew Warchus's National Theatre production of Yasmina Reza's Life x3 (at the National and then the Old Vic).

Director Fahy has appeared most recently as an actor onstage in Edward Albee's The Goat (Almeida/West End), and on film in "Defiance" and "The Living and the Dead."

To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 209 0326, or visit www.wetweathercover.co.uk for more details.