Soul singer Lisa Stansfield (pictured) will follow the likes of models Caprice and Sophie Dahl by making her West End debut in Eve Ensler's Olivier-nominated The Vagina Monologues. She'll be joined in the show by stage actresses Anita Dobson and Cecilia Noble for a three-week run at the Arts Theatre from 4 February 2002. The production will then close at the Arts on 23 February and return to its original West End home at the nearby New Ambassadors Theatre, where it will resume performances from 26 February.

Stansfield's breakthrough hit, "All Around the World", came in 1989 and was followed by albums Affection, which sold more than 4.5 million records worldwide, and her most recent, Face Up. The Brit Award-winning singer turned her hand to acting with the 1999 film Swing.

Dobson is best known for playing Angie Watts in TV's EastEnders, while her stage credits have included The Pajama Game, Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme and Charley’s Aunt. Noble has appeared on TV in Holby City and Casualty, while her theatre credits include The Recruiting Officer and The Tempest

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 opened at the New Ambassadors in May 2001 where it closed on 22 September before re-opening a month later at the Arts Theatre. The show this week received a 2001 Laurence Olivier nomination for Best Entertainment.

The current production has featured regularly refreshed three-strong companies, which have included Ruthie Henshall, Loretta Swit, Jerry Hall, Pam Ferris, Jenny Éclair, Maureen Lipman, Edie Falco, Sophie Okenodo, Mariella Frostrup, Amy Irving, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Dannii Minogue, Kika Markham, Meera Syal, Sophie Dahl, Miriam Margolyes, Suzanne Bertish, Elizabeth McGovern, Nina Wadia and Lauren Ward. The present cast comprises American supermodel Caprice and British comediennes Helen Lederer and Gina Yashere.

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