James Fox and Actor Son Jack to Star in West End Premiere of Dear Lupin

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James Fox is to return to the West End stage with his actor son Jack Fox to play father and son in Dear Lupin, a stage version of the correspondence that passed between journalist and writer Roger Mortimer and his son Charlie, beginning performances July 30 at the Apollo Theatre, prior to an official opening Aug. 3, for a run through Sept. 19.

Adapted for the stage by actor and writer Michael Simkins, who is currently appearing in Hay Fever at the Duke of York's Theatre, it is directed by Philip Franks. The play, which has had a successful regional tour first, is being brought to the West End by Martyn Hayes, Kenny Wax, T.C. Beech and Michael Watt .

In a press statement, James Fox commented, "It’s about a geriatric old Etonian hack and long suffering father, which ticks all the boxes for me." His early films included "The Servant" in 1963, for which he won a BAFTA for Most Promising Newcomer, and was followed by other roles in the 1960s in "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines," "King Rat," The Chase," "Thoroughly Modern Millie," "Isadora" and "Performance."

After the latter was completed in 1970, he took a long career break, and has since commented, "People think 'Performance' blew my mind... my mind was blown long before that. 'Performance' gave me doubts about my way of life. Before that I had been completely involved in the more bawdy side of the film business. But after that everything changed." He became an evangelical Christian.

He returned to screen acting work in the 80s, and credits since have included "Runners," "A Passage to India," "A Question of Attribution," "Farewell to the King," "The Remains of the Day," "Waking the Dead" and Madonna's film "W.E." He also appeared opposite his son Laurence Fox in "Allegory of Love," an episode in the third series of TV's "Lewis."

Jack Fox, who has previously appeared on stage in The Picture of Dorian Gray at Riverside Studios, has commented on working with his father: “It’s brilliant to see Dad return to the stage, and for me, not just as his son, but as an actor it's a huge privilege to learn from him. People assume as an actor you start as a fully finished article, but that couldn’t be further from the truth – it’s an honour to work with him. I hope the rapport we share in life will translate to the stage." To book tickets contact the box office on 0844 482 9671 or visit www.dearlupinonstage.com for more details.

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