Donkeys' Years by Michael Frayn confirmed at Comedy Theatre from 27 April 2006

Donkeys' Years by Michael Frayn confirmed at Comedy Theatre from 27 April 2006

Michael Frayn's Donkeys' Years has now been officially confirmed to open at the Comedy Theatre on the 9 May 2006, following previews from 27 April - booking to 29 Jul 2006

The cast includes: Mark Addy (Kenneth Snell), Samantha Bond (Lady Driver), James Dreyfus (Alan Quine), David Haig (Christopher Headingley), Jonathan Coy (Norman Tate), Edward Petherbridge (Sydney Birkett), Michael Simkins (David Buckle)

It is directed by Jeremy Sams , designed by Peter McKintosh , lighting by Howard Harrison, produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Tulbart Productions, Boyett/Ostar Productions, Michael Linnit, Lee Menzies and TEG Productions.

Donkeys' Years originally opened in London at the Globe Theatre (now the Gielgud Theatre) in 1976, winning the Olivier Award for ‘Best Comedy’.

Twenty five years after graduation, six former students return to their university college for a reunion dinner. Whilst their lives may have had varying degrees of success, all are connected by a common past. Once locked in college for the night, the graduates begin to relive their youth, and old friendships, feuds - and the much-desired but absurdly proper Master's wife - come tumbling back chaotically into the present......

Mark Addy is best known for the films of “The Full Monty” and “The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas”, but his many other films include “A Knight’s Tale” and “Around the World in 80 Days”, whilst his television credits include “The Thin Blue Line” and the lead role in the major hit American television series “Still Standing”. His many National Theatre credits include “Wild Oats”, “The Shaughraun”, “Bartholomew Fair” and “Ghetto” and he has starred in several of John Godber’s plays.

Samantha Bond’s London theatre credits include "A Woman of No Importance" at the Haymarket in 2003; "Macbeth" at the Albery in 2002; "Dinner with Friends" at the Hampstead Theatre in 2001; "The Memory of Water" at the Vaudeville in 1999; "Amy's View" at the National and Aldwych theatres in 1997; "The Ends of the Earth" at the National in 1996; "Three Tall Women" at the Wyndham's in 1995. She is also well known for her characterisation of 'Moneypenny' in the James Bond films.

David Haig London stage credits include “Mary Poppins” at the Prince Edward in 2004; "Journey's End" at the Lyric in 2004; "Hitchcock Blonde" at the Royal Court & Lyric Theatres in 2003; "Life x 3" at the Savoy in 2002; "House and Garden" at the National in 2000;"Fair Ladies At A Game Of Poem Cards" at the National in 1996; "Dead Funny" at the Vaudeville in 1994. His film and television credits include “Four Weddings and a Funeral”, “Hustle”, “Keeping Mum”, “The Thin Blue Line”, “Love on the Branch Line”, “Cracker” and “The Darling Buds of May”.

James Dreyfus London stage credits include: “The Producers” at the Drury Lane Theatre in 2004 and “Lady in the Dark” at the Lyttelton, NT in 1997. He is best known for starring on television in “My Hero”, “Double Time”, “Gimme, Gimme, Gimme”, “The Thin Blue Line” and “Absolutely Fabulous”. His films include “Colour Me Kubrick” and “Notting Hill”.

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