American-born supermodel Caprice (pictured) will make her stage debut in the West End production of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues this month. She is joined by British comediennes Helen Lederer and Gina Yashere for a limited three-week run from 14 January to 2 February 2002. They take over from the current cast of Ruthie Henshall, Michelle Gomez and Loretta "Hotlips" Swit.

After moving to London in 1996, Caprice has become a near-ubiquitous celebrity in the UK, with countless appearances in magazines and newspapers. She has also worked as a TV presenter for shows including Caprice Travels, Friday Night's All Wright, Guiding Stars and The Big Breakfast. The model recently launched her own range of lingerie for the Debenham's department stores.

Originally seen Off-Off Broadway in 1996, the award-winning Vagina Monologues was first seen in London in 1999 when it ran for a six-week season at the fringe King's Head Theatre. The current West End production of Ensler's show first opened at the New Ambassadors in May 2001 where it closed on 22 September before re-opening a month later at the Arts Theatre. It was scheduled to finish at the Arts on 23 February in order to make way for a ten-week season of Eugene O'Brien's Eden, directed by Conor McPherson, but that transfer from Dublin's Abbey Theatre has since been postponed.

Caprice is by no means the first model to take to the stage in The Vagina Monologues. In the West End, she's been preceded by fellow models Sophie Dahl and Jerry Hall as well as a cavalcade of other female celebrities, including Pam Ferris, Jenny Éclair, Maureen Lipman, Edie Falco, Sophie Okenodo, Mariella Frostrup, Amy Irving, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Dannii Minogue, Kika Markham, Meera Syal, Miriam Margolyes, Elizabeth McGovern and Suzanne Bertish.

The Vagina Monologues, subtitled "An Anthropological Exploration", reveals a series of different women's stories and experiences involving their genitalia. The material was gathered from hundreds of intimate interviews, conducted by Ensler, in which women were asked probing questions such as "If it (your vagina) could talk, what would it say?".

- by Terri Paddock