The Duck House at Vaudeville Theatre from 27 Nov 2013


The Duck House, a new comedy by Dan Patterson and Colin Swash, directed by Terry Johnson, opens at the Vaudeville Theatre 10 Dec 2013, following previews from 27 Nov - running to 29 March 2014.

Cast includes Ben Miller (Robert Houston), Nancy Carroll (Felicity), Debbie Chazen (Ludmilla), James Musgrave (Seb), Simon Shepherd (Sir Norman Cavendish), Diana Vickers (Holly).

Set in a world of dodgy receipts, dodgier deceit, and pure Parliamentary panic. May 2009. Gordon Brown’s Government is in meltdown and a General Election is just one year away. Labour backbencher Robert Houston loves being an MP and will do anything to save his seat – including change sides. All is going well with his switch from red to blue until, on the eve of his final interview with Sir Norman Cavendish, a Tory grandee, the Expenses Scandal breaks. As public fury mounts over taxpayers’ millions being frittered away on second homes, hanging baskets, moat-cleaning and duck houses, Robert and his secretarial staff, aka wife Felicity , student son Seb, Seb’s girlfriend Holly and Russian housekeeper Ludmilla find themselves in big, big trouble.

It is designed by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Mark Henderson, sound by John Leonard. Produced by Nica Burns, TC Beech, Charles Diamond, Neil Eckersley, Ian Lenagan and Max Weitzenhoffer in association with the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford.

Prior to the West End the show has a short UK tour.

Ben Miller's recent theatre includes the original cast of The Ladykillers at the Gielgud Theatre. He is currently appearing as grumpy detective Richard Poole in BBC1's Death in Paradise. Nancy Carroll's extensive list of theatre credits includes The Recruiting Officer (Donmar), House of Games and King Lear (Almeida), Arcadia (Duke of York’s), See How They Run (Duchess), You Never Can Tell (Garrick). Productions for the National Theatre include After the Dance, The Magistrate, The Enchantment, The Vosey Inheritance, The Talking Cure and The False Servant. She has also appeared in Twelfth Night, Henry IV Parts 1&2, As You Like It, The Lion The Witch and The Wardobe and The Winter’s Tale, all for the RSC. Debbie Chazen is best known for playing the roles of Big Claire in Mine All Mine for ITV, Annie in the comedy The Smoking Room and various roles in the sketch show Tittybangbang both for the BBC. James Musgrave is perhaps best known for his role as Toby in sitcom Fresh Meat for Channel 4. Simon Shepherd most recently appeared in Brakenmoor (Tricycle) and Posh (Royal Court, Duke of York’s). His other theatre credits include The Secret Rapture (Lyric West End). On television, his credits include Death in Paradise, Holby City, Doctors and The Invisibles, Aubrey Beardsley and Sweet Wine of Youth for the BBC, A Touch of Frost and Poirot (ITV), Peak Practice (Carlton), Gimme, Gimme, Gimme (Tiger Aspect), Chancer and The Jewel in the Crown (Granada). Diana Vickers is an actress, singer song-writer and fashion designer who initially came to public attention after being a semi-finalist on talent show, The X Factor in 2009. Later that year she starred as Little Voice in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Vaudeville Theatre).

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