1st Night Photos: Westminster via Whipping It UpDate: 2 March 2007
After its premiere season at west Londonís Bush Theatre, Steve Thompsonís new political comedy Whipping It Up transferred last night (1 March 2007, previews from 22 February) to the West Endís New Ambassadors theatre, along with original stars Richard Wilson and Robert Bathurst (See Todayís WOS TV).
It's a week before Christmas, and the new Tory government is facing dissent over its latest bill. With a majority of only three, the Whip's office is out in full force, and they'll stop at nothing to keep the strays in line. But they're in for a long night: boy scouts are rioting in Whitehall, the PM's golfing with the President, five Tory rebels are on the loose and the Chief Whip's playing at Santa. Could this be the beginnings of a leadership challenge?
Wilson and Bathurst are joined in the cast by Lee Ross, Nicholas Rowe, Helen Schlesinger (Best Supporting Actress in this yearís Whatsonstage.com Theatregoersí Choice Awards for The Crucible) and Kellie Bright.
The political satire premiered in November at west Londonís 100-seat Bush Theatre (See News, 12 Jul 2006), where it had an extended, sell-out pre-Christmas run and was nominated for Best New Comedy in the Whatsonstage.com Awards. In the West End, itís directed by Tamara Harvey, after the original production by Terry Johnson, designed by Tim Shortall and presented by ACT Productions, Matthew Byam Shaw, Mark Goucher, Lee Menzies and Wimpole Theatre.
For 1st Night Photos, weíve gathered a selection of shots from the Whipping It Up opening night party at the Long Acre and production shots of the cast in action on stage. We also covered last nightís opening on Whatsonstage.com TV, including interviews with the company as well as Jon Snow, Andrew Marr, Jeffrey Archer, Ronnie Corbett, Mel Kenyon and Rome star James Purefoy (click here for our exclusive TV footage).
PARTY PHOTOS FROM WHIPPING IT UPís OPENING:
PRODUCTION PHOTOS FROM WHIPPING IT UP: