Planer Spoofs Craig in Stage Version of An ActorDate: 27 December 2001
Nigel Planer takes to the road in January with a stage re-working of his 1998 best-selling book I, An Actor. The tour opens on 15 January 2002 in Bath and continues until 9 February to ten more UK cities.
I, An Actor is the spoof autobiography of the fictional Nicholas Craig, an unashamed luvvie actor. In it, Craig explores every aspect of his life as a performer, unravelling the mysteries of "the toughest job in the world", offering tips on such burning matters as choosing first night presents for colleagues, and dropping names at every possible turn. The stage version is billed as a "multi-media masterclass" from a man whose love for his craft is surpassed only by his love for himself.
When Nigel Planer isn't Nicholas Craig, he's best known to millions as Neil Pye in the 1980s TV sitcom The Young Ones. In recent years, he has also established some impressive West End stage credits - in the Kander and Ebb musical Chicago and Alistair Beaton's political satire Feelgood. In May 2002, he'll star in the new Ben Elton/Queen musical We Will Rock You at the West End's Dominion Theatre.
Nicholas Craig is the creation of Planer and Christopher Douglas, who directs the stage show. The tour is produced by Richard Temple.
Following Bath, I, An Actor continues to Winchester, Coventry, Richmond, Buxton, Newbury, Jersey, Swindon, Darlington, Nottingham, Colchester and Poole, with further dates expected.
- by Terri Paddock
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