"Fuddy Meers" to close 12 June at Arts


"Fuddy Meers" to close 12 June at Arts

David Lindsay Abaire's comedy Fuddy Meers, is to close on 12 June 2004 after a run of only 4 weeks at the Arts Theatre. (The show was originally booking to 28 Aug 2004)

The show becomes the latest casualty of a West End slump that has seen the quick demise of many shows in the last couple of months: " Thoroughly Modern Millie"; "The Shape of Things"; "Rattle of A Simple Man"; "Coyote On A Fence"; "The Holy Terror" & "Calico" have all closed or are about to close early.

Fuddy Meers opened at the Arts Theatre 20 May 2004, following previews from 12 May, to below average notices from the popular press: NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "Boring farce" MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "Glibly mechanical." CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "One can only salute the cast for so gamely struggling with such tosh." BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "This piece needs a big injection of wit."

The cast includes Katie Finneran, Nicholas Le Prevost, Matthew Lillard, Julia McKenzie, Tim Hopper, John Gallagher, Charlotte Randle.

It is directed by Angus Jackson, designed by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Neil Austin, sound by Alex Gallafent, and produced by Fiery Angel / Scamp Film / Birmingham Rep.

Claire, a woman who suffers from a strange form of amnesia, wakes up every morning with no memory, yet retains her sunny disposition. She´s eager to unearth who she really is, and on this particular morning she´s in for the most jam-packed day of discovery imaginable, meeting a series of bizarre characters along the way. A husband she does not know, a lisping, limping disfigured man who claims to be her brother, her stroke-impaired mother, a cop who may or may not be a cop and a convict on the run who can only express himself through a foul-mouthed sock puppet.

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