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Whitfield & Briers Enact Bedroom Farce at Aldwych

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The revival of Alan Ayckbourn's Bedroom Farce has confirmed its West End arrival. Following a week's run in late March at the Richmond Theatre, the comedy, starring much-loved British TV stars June Whitfield (pictured) and Richard Briers, will open at the Aldwych Theatre on 8 April 2002.

First seen in 1977, Bedroom Farce was Ayckbourn's first success at the National Theatre and has been a popular touring production around the UK regions for many years. The comedy concerns three married couples who are at different stages in their relationships and whose lives intersect over the course of one very chaotic evening.

Known to millions of British TV fans for his roles in hit series such as Marriage Lines, The Good Life and Monarch of the Glen, Richard Briers has returned regularly to the stage throughout his career. His theatre credits include notable productions of Ayckbourn's trilogy The Norman Conquests, The Real Inspector Hound and Run for Your Wife as well as, more recently, 1997's The Chairs (Royal Court and Broadway). On film, he has appeared in Henry V, Peter's Friends, Frankenstein and A Midwinter's Tale.

June Whitfield's early career featured West End roles in productions such as South Pacific and Love for Judy. She subsequently became a household name for her appearances on radio Take It from Here, The News Huddlines) and television (Terry and June, Absolutely Fabulous). Her film credits include numerous Carry On comedies and, in 1996, a rare dramatic role as Christopher Eccleston's dour aunt in Jude. On stage, she has appeared most recently in charity gala events such as A Night of 100 Stars at the London Palladium earlier this year.

Loveday Ingram, an associate director at the Chichester Festival Theatre, has been very busy of late. Her other recent credits include The Merchant of Venice (RSC - now at the Barbican), My One and Only (opening at the West End's Piccadilly Theatre in February), Pal Joey, Hysteria and The Blue Room.

Bedroom Farce is produced by Michael Codron.

- by Terri Paddock


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