First-time playwright Gregory Burke will make his West End debut next month with his award-winning Gagarin Way. The hard-hitting Scottish play is due to transfer to the 250-seat Arts Theatre for a ten-week season from 6 March 2002 (previews from 27 February), following its current run at the National's Cottesloe Theatre.

A co-production between Edinburgh's Traverse Theatre and the National, Gagarin Way premiered at last year's Edinburgh Festival where it scooped the overall award amongst the Scotsman's Fringe Firsts. It had a limited sell-out run at that NT Cottesloe in October and returned to the repertory in December for another season which ends on 31 January.

The dark comedy takes place one bloody night when a pair of leftist factory workers kidnap a company executive in order to save jobs and make a political statement. Their plans are complicated by the presence of a bumbling young security guard.

Gagarin Way stars Michael Nardone, Michael Moreland, Billy McElhaney and Maurice Roeves. It is directed by John Tiffany and designed by Neil Warmington with lighting by Chahine Yavroyan.

The production is a result of the Springboards partnership, created by the National Theatre Studio with other theatres, to enable emerging writers to reach a wider audience. Previous Springboard productions at the National's Cottesloe include Further Than the Furthest Thing by Zinnie Harris, The Walls by Colin Teevan and Tanika Gupta's The Waiting Room.

- by Terri Paddock