Further Casting Announced for West End's Barking in Essex

By Mark Shenton
March 22, 2013

Keeley Hawes, Karl Johnson and Montserrat Lombard will join the previously announced Lee Evans and Sheila Hancock in the West End premiere of Clive Exton's Barking in Essex, beginning performances at Wyndham's Theatre Sept. 6, prior to an official opening Sept. 16.



The play, which revolves around a dysfunctional Essex crime family who are faced with the return of the lowlife con Algie Packer after seven years imprisonment, and is now coming home to spend his carefully stashed cash - £3.5 million in untraceable notes.  But there's something his family has forgotten to mention. Are they going to be able to cover their tracks before he arrives home? 

Hawes, who plays Chrissie, the perma-tanned wife of Darnley (Evans), is best known for her TV roles in "Spooks," "Ashes to Ashes" and "Upstairs Downstairs." Johnson, who plays neighbor and friend Roco, was last seen in the West End in Noises Off at the Old Vic and Novello. He has previously worked extensively at the National. Lombard, who plays Allegra, Archie's high-class lawyer and girlfriend who is sent ahead to retrieve the money, has been seen in "St Trinian's 2," "Ashes to Ashes" and "Love Soup."

Directed by Harry Burton, it is designed by Simon Higlett, with lighting by James Farncombe, sound by Gareth Owen and casting by Anne Vosser.  It will be produced in London by MJE Productions and James Quaife Productions.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 482 5120 or visit www.barkinginessex.com for more details.