Round the Horne...Revisited will celebrate its first birthday in the West End with a new edition. The stage tribute to the classic 1960s radio serial opened at The Venue, off Leicester Square on 22 January 2004. A year on, 22 January 2005 will mark the final performance of the existing production, with Round the Horne...Revisited 2 commencing from Monday 25 January (with a press night on 31 January).

In fact, despite the title, Revisited 2 is the third edition for the show. A Christmas-themed special has been running since 2 December (See News, 24 Nov 2004).

In the original Round the Horne, the mad-cap bunch of comedians - Kenneth Williams, Kenneth Horne, Douglas Smith and Betty Marsden –mercilessly sent up the establishment. The programme inspired a street language for gay men (Polari) and originated still common phrases such as “drama queen”.

Brian Cooke, the last still living member of the original writing team of the 1960s radio comedy series, has written and adapted the new stage series based on original scripts, songs and characters - by Cooke and his former partners, Barry Took, Marty Feldman and Johnnie Mortimer - as well as previously unheard and new material (See News, 9 Dec 2003).

The third in the series includes a recital by the Round the Horne Gilbert, Sullivan and Saveloy stretching society. Directed by Michael Kingsbury, the West End cast remains Charles Armstrong, Kate Brown, Nigel Harrison, Jonathan Rigby and Robin Sebastian.

- by Terri Paddock