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News New Donkeys' Years Cast to Be Headed By Janie Dee The West End revival of Michael Frayn's student reunion farce Donkeys’ Years has announced a second extension of its booking period and a cast change that sees Janie Dee take over from Samantha Bond as Lady Driver on Sept. 23.
Janie Dee
Janie Dee

Jeremy Sams' production opened at the Comedy Theatre May 9 following previews that began April 27 and will now take bookings until Dec. 16. Discussions are underway for a Broadway production. Dee's appearance in the comedy follows changes in the male roles on Sept. 4 with Karl Theobald replacing Mark Addy in the role of Snell, Hamish Clark for James Dreyfus's Quine and Paul Raffield replacing Michael Fitzgerald as Sainsbury.

Dreyfuss has just been confirmed as the Emcee for Rufus Norris' forthcoming West End revival of Cabaret. Dee was last seen in the West End in John Doyle's revival of Mack and Mabel.

Donkeys’ Years, which won an Olivier Award during its first outing in 1976, is set in a university college at which six students have returned for a reunion dinner. Finding themselves locked in the building overnight, the graduates relive their youth, reviving past friendships and feuds.

Set design for the revival is by Peter McKinstosh. Sams, who will also be directing the forthcoming West End revival of The Sound of Music, also helmed the National Theatre, West End and Broadway productions of Frayn's Noises Off.

Frayn’s plays include Democracy and Copenhagen, both of which were also seen at the National Theatre, in the West End and on Broadway.

Donkeys' Years is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Tulbart Productions, Boyett/Ostar Productions, Michael Linnit, Lee Menzies and TEG Productions.

For more on Donkeys' Years, call (0)870 060 6637.

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