London's Stones Opening Is Delayed

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The opening night of the London revival of Stones in His Pockets has been canceled because Hugh Lee — who was due to appear in Marie Jones’ award-winning comedy with Simon Delaney — has caught a viral illness.

Performances will commence at the Duchess Theatre Nov. 7 with John Cronin and Conrad Kemp taking on the roles of Charlie and Jake respectively, plus the play’s many other male and female characters. The official press night will be rescheduled once Lee has fully recovered.

The two-hander, about two extras working on a Hollywood movie being shot on location in Ireland, received its premiere at the Edinburgh fringe in 1999.

It went on to become a West End hit at the New Ambassadors after opening in Feb. 2000, winning a Best Comedy Olivier.

The show played over 200 performances on Broadway with its London cast — Conleth Hill and Sean Campion — opening April 1, 2001, at the John Golden Theatre. But like many productions had its run truncated by the 9/11 attacks, closing Sept. 23.

The West End revival is helmed by David Bownes with original direction by Ian McElhinney. It’s not known how long Lee, whose previous credits include A Brief History of Helen of Troy at London’s Soho Theatre and the U.S. and European tours of Friel’s Translations, will be out of action. Delaney recently appeared in and directed the Irish premiere of The Full Monty.

Other work by Jones includes A Very Weird Manor and The Blind Fiddler.

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