Ross Noble Transfers Unrealtime Comedy to GarrickDate: 4 August 2003
The West End will swap one comic for another when Ross Noble follows Tommy Cooper - or rather Cooper tribute show Jus' Like That - into the Garrick Theatre next month. Noble's new show, Unrealtime, will come to London fresh from this month's Edinburgh festival, which launched this past weekend in the Scottish capital (See News, 1 Aug 2003). Unrealtime will run at the Garrick from 1 to 27 September 2003.
The West End transfer is becoming something of a habit for Noble whose last two Edinburgh shows - Slacker's Playtime in 2001 and Sonic Waffle in 2002 - both enjoyed post-festival London runs. Slacker's Playtime also played a 45-date tour throughout the UK and Ireland.
This time in London, the veteran of the stand-up circuit will have some close competition in the form of the new comedy season booked for the West Endís Wyndham's theatre, just a few doors down from the Garrick. Television comedians Michael Barrymore and Lenny Henry, along with Bill Bailey, will make their West End debuts in the schedule, which runs from 15 September to 29 November 2003 (See News, 27 Jun 2003).
The London season of Unrealtime will be followed by a British and Australian tour, of which details have yet to be announced. Jus' Like That, which stars Jerome Flynn as the late Cooper, closed this past weekend at the Garrick, where it opened on 8 April 2003 (previews 3 April).
- by Hannah Kennedy