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The Understudy

Palace Theatre, London
The Understudy
Palace Theatre, London

The Understudy is the story of an underdog – a failed husband, a failing father, a failing actor, and the impossible choice he’s going to have to make between stealing the show and stealing another man’s wife. Stephen Fry will star in The Understudy at the Palace Theatre for two nights.

Actor Stephen McQueen has just landed a dream West End role. Well, that’s not quite true – what he’s going to be is understudying film star (and 12th Sexiest Man in the World) Josh Harper in the brand new show Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know, but still…

Whilst he’s waiting for his time to shine, he reflects on his career – one that has spanned everything from (non-speaking) Rent Boy 3 in The Bill to his recent starring role as Sammy in the (low-budget) regional tour of Sammy The Squirrel’s Seriously Silly Safari.

With this new job Stephen’s stage career may be destined for the dizzying heights, but not everything is going quite as well. Stephen’s wife left him two years ago, wondering if he’d ever grow up; his daughter wonders when he’ll get an actual job; worst of all, he’s starting to fall for the leading man’s wife.

Opening date |
7th December 2020
Closes |
8th December 2020
Categories |
Stephen Fry
Stephen Fry

7 Dec 2020 to 8 Dec 2020

Henry Filloux-Bennett, based on a novel by David Nicholls
Giles Croft
Chris Brearley
Alexandra Faye Braithwaite
Cast list:
Stephen Fry, James Norton, Matthew Horne, Emily Atack, Adelayo Adedayo, Lucy Briggs-Owen, Jake Ferretti, Mina Anwar, Natalie Casey, Sasha Frost, Marie Lawrence, James McNicholas and Lizzie Muncey.

Palace Theatre Venue Information

Palace Theatre, 109-113 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 5AY
Nearest tube:
Leicester Square

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Photo credit: The Understudy artwork (Photo by The Understudy)
Stephen Fry to star in ‘The Understudy’ in the West End
Thursday, 05 November, 2020, 10:12
UPDATE: Further casting has been confirmed for The Understudy. Matthew Horne, Emily Atack, Adelayo Adedayo, Lucy Briggs-Owen, and Jake Ferretti will all star in productions at the Palace Theatre. After the online premiere which took place earlier this year, The Understudy will receive its stage premiere in December. Stephen Fry will star in the two performances, taking place at the Palace Theatre from 7-8 December. Based on David Nicholls’ 2005...
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