Fat Pig Begins Performances at West End's Comedy Theatre Sept. 11

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Neil LaBute's Fat Pig, which ended its run at Trafalgar Studios Sept. 6, resumes performances at the West End's Comedy Theatre Sept. 11.

Newcomers to the cast include Kevin Bishop and Nicholas Burns, who are taking over the roles of Carter and Tom, respectively, from Kris Marshall and Robert Webb. Bishop and Burns join holdovers Joanna Page and Ella Smith as Jeannie and Helen. Page will be replaced by Kelly Brook beginning Oct. 13.

The play revolves around the developing relationship of Tom (Burns) and the plus-sized Helen (Smith), much to the consternation of Tom's work colleagues Carter (Bishop) and Jeannie (Page), the latter of whom he has previously dated.

Bishop is the star of Channel 4's "The Kevin Bishop Show," and he has also starred in the Channel 4 comedy sketch shows "Dogface," "Spoons" and "Star Stories." His BBC credits include "Hotel Babylon," "Love Soup," "According to Bex," "In Deep," "Casualty," "Dangerfield," "Silent Witness" and "My Family."

Burns has starred on television in "Benidorm," "Absolute Power," "Man Stroke Woman" and in the title role of "Nathan Barley." His London stage work includes The Madness of George Dubya and The Libertine.

Brook, who joins the company on Oct. 13, recently took part in "Strictly Come Dancing" on BBC 1, is an English model, actress and TV presenter who topped the "FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" list. She graced the covers of GQ, FHM, Sky, Cosmopolitan, Tatler, The Face and Company by the age of 16. She was a presenter of Channel 4's "Big Breakfast," followed by a stint as host of MTV's "Select." Onstage, she has appeared in Eye Contact at the Riverside Studios in London, and her films include "The Italian Job," "Deuce Bigelow: European Gigolo" and "Sorted." Fat Pig is directed by the playwright. LaBute's previous plays to be seen in London include bash: latter-day plays, The Mercy Seat, The Distance from Here and The Shape of Things, all first produced at the Almeida, and Some Girl(s), seen at the Gielgud Theatre in 2005. Later this year, the Almeida will also offer the U.K. premiere of LaBute's In a Dark House (first seen at MCC in New York last year), opening on Nov. 27 (following previews from Nov. 20). His feature films include "In the Company of Men," "Your Friends and Neighbors," "Nurse Betty," "Possession" and a film version of "The Shape of Things."

Fat Pig was originally produced at New York's Lucille Lortel Theatre in 2004 under the auspices of MCC Theatre, the Off-Broadway company who recently also produced LaBute's latest play, reasons to be pretty. Fat Pig is produced in London by Ambassador Theatre Group's Howard Panter, Broadway producer Barry Weissler, who is currently represented in the West End and on Broadway by his production of Chicago, and Anna Waterhouse.

For tickets contact the box office at 0870 060 6632 or visit www.fatpigtheplay.com.

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