Alex cartoon strip character returns 25 Nov 2008

Alex cartoon strip character returns 25 Nov 2008

The stage adaptation of the cartoon strip character Alex, which had a run at the Arts theatre in 2007, is returning to London following an International and UK tour. It will open in London at the Leicester Square Theatre 27 Nov 2008, following previews from 25 Nov - running to 20 Dec 2008.

Alex is a city institution. His cartoon about life in the City of London appears every day on the front-page of the Daily Telegraph Business section. Alex’s creators, Charles Peattie and Russell Taylor, have written a play which brings the country’s "favourite obnoxious, not to mention devious and manipulative", cartoon investment banker to life.

Robert Bathurst takes the title role again in this 75-minute show, which will be directed again by Phelim McDermott.

Robert Bathurst is best known for his role as David Marsden in the ITV series Cold Feet. His London stage credits "Whipping it Up" to the Ambassadors Theatre in 2007; "Alex" at the Arts Theatre in 2007; "Members Only" at the Trafalgar Studios in 2006; "Three Sisters" at the Playhouse in 2003; "Alarms & Excursions" at the Gielgud in 1998.

Digital projection will allow Alex (Robert Bathurst), on stage, to interact with Charles Peattie’s animations of Alex’s world which will feature all of the familiar characters from the cartoon; his sidekick Clive, boss Rupert, graduate trainees, bibulous journalists, shady financial PR men, and freeloading industrialists.

Alex finds it increasingly difficult to juggle his job, his marriage and his social life as crisis hits all three and threatens to ruin him. He’s in trouble with his long-suffering wife Penny, who has finally turned the tables on him. The business fortunes of his client, Mr Hardcastle, drastically unravel and Alex is to blame. Meanwhile, the scams and skivings which Alex has made his way of life over the years are about to be revealed by a mole in his department. Alex faces abject humiliation unless he can stitch up his rivals first.

Alex began life on the City pages of the London Daily News in February 1987 and chronicled the lives of the Big Bang wealth generation. The paper soon ceased publishing but Alex was eagerly headhunted by Fleet Street, eventually accepting an offer from The Independent, where he stayed for four years. In 1992 he treacherously defected to The Daily Telegraph where he has appeared ever since.

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