Rhea Perlman (Carla Tortelli in American sitcom Cheers) as 'Bertha' in Boeing Boeing on 25 Jun


Rhea Perlman (Carla Tortelli in American sitcom Cheers) as 'Bertha' in Boeing Boeing on 25 Jun

Rhea Perlman (best known as Carla Tortelli in American sitcom Cheers) will make her London stage debut as 'Bertha' in Boeing Boeing on 25 June 2007 at the Comedy Theatre. (She replaces Patricia Hodge)

The comedy continues to feature: Amy Nuttall (Gloria), Elena Roger (Gabriella), Doon Mackichan (Gretchen), Adrian Dunbar (Bernard), Neil Stuke (Robert)

Rhea Perlman first came to the public’s attention playing opposite her husband Danny DeVito as Zena Sherman in the US sitcom Taxi. Four times Emmy winner, she was nominated an unprecedented 10 times over 11 years for playing waitress Carla Tortelli in Cheers, appearing in all 273 episodes. Perlman’s other television credits include guest appearances in St. Elsewhere, Mad About You, Ally McBeal, Fraiser, Karen Sisco and Kevin Hill, as well as Executive Producing and starring as Kate Brasher in ABC’s Pearl. Her US theatre credits include The Exonerated, The Tale of Allergist’s Wife and The Last Night in Ballyhoo. Her film credits include Matlida - in which she was directed by and co-starred opposite Danny DeVito, Sunset Park, Carpool, Canadian Bacon, Class Act and Ted and Venus. After 30 years of television, stage and film, Perlman has recently added author to her list of credits with a series of children’s books entitled Otto Phillip: Undercover.

Boeing Boeing by Marc Camoletti, translated by Beverley Cross, opened at the Comedy Theatre 15 Feb 2007, following previews from 3 Feb to terrific notices from the popular press: NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, “Sheer, silly, comic pleasure.” MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, “Loving production, achieves a kind of delirium.” BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, “Refreshingly hilarious.”

It is directed by Matthew Warchus, designed by Rob Howell, lighting by Hugh Vanstone, produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Act Productions, Matthew Byam Shaw and Robert G Bartner.

Bernard , a successful architect living in Paris, thought he could easily cope with his three air hostess fianees. It was all a question of timetables and a reliable, long-suffering housekeeper who reluctantly has the role of romantic air-traffic controller. When old school chum Robert arrives, Bernard relishes the chance to show his wide-eyed friend his first-class operation at work. Unfortunately, schedules change, flights are delayed and a new turbo-charged Boeing aircraft is introduced: chaos ensues in this hysterical whirl of mayhem and matchmaking.

Boeing Boeing is currently booking until 20 October 2007.

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