Arthur Smith Lights Inferno for Comedy Xmas RunDate: 9 December 2004
Comedian Arthur Smith (pictured) will share the West End’s Comedy Theatre stage with Dr Bunhead's Recipe for Disaster (See News, 16 Nov 2004). Smith will perform his stand-up show, Dante's Inferno, in the evenings (from 8.00pm) while Dr Bunhead's scientific show for children will fill two afternoon slots at 1.45pm and 4.30pm, with both running from 20 December 2004 to 2 January 2005. (Note: There are no performances from 23 to 26 December.)
In Dante's Inferno, Smith educates his audience on the demon drink, using his own experiences and comparing them to Dante's journey through hell.
Smith is a writer and comedian. His plays include An Evening with Gary Lineker (with Chris England), which was nominated for an Olivier Award and made into a TV film, and Live Bed Show. He has also written prolifically for radio and television, including the TV series Alias Smith and Jones, and has hosted the BBC Radio 4 travel programme Excess Baggage.
Currently at the Comedy Theatre, Simon Gray’s play The Old Masters - directed by his long-time collaborator and fellow playwright Harold Pinter and starring Edward Fox and Peter Bowles – finishes its extended season on 18 December (See News, 16 Sep 2004).
In the new year, Dr Bunhead's Recipe for Disaster and Dante's Inferno will be followed by Whose Life Is It Anyway?, starring Sex and the City’s Kim Cattrall in a limited 16-week season from 25 January to 30 April 2005, following previews from 7 January (See News, 27 Sep 2004).
- by Hannah Kennedy