TV's Geoff & Gervais Stage One-Man London ShowsDate: 4 October 2002
Rob Brydon, co-creator and star of TV's Marion and Geoff, and Ricky Gervais, creator and star of TV mockumentary The Office, will both be appearing live in the West End over the coming months.
Brydon will present a spin-off of the award-winning Marion and Geoff, which will play four successive Sunday starting this month at the New Ambassadors - 27 October, 3, 10 and 17 November.
Originally aired in 2000, the original Marion and Geoff was a series of ten-minute monologues on BBC2, in which Brydon appeared as self-delusional and obsessive mini-cab driver Keith Barrett, whose wife Marion has left him for a colleague named Geoff. The series produced a one-off special, A Small Summer Party, while a sequel series, Barrett Under Observation, is planned.
Unlike Brydon, Gervais will not be bringing his TV alter-ego - as crass manager David Brent in his award-winning sitcom The Office, now airing its second series - to the theatre. Instead, he'll reprise his one-man comic lecture Animals, which will have a brief season at the Bloomsbury Theatre in the new year, running 6 to 11 and 14 to 18 January 2003.
Animals, Gervais' first solo show, had a sell-out run earlier this year at Soho Theatre as part of the venue's late-night comedy schedule. The piece is billed as "fact and fable about the animal kingdom, featuring evolution, pets and why mermaids are overrated."
- by Terri Paddock