British television stars Michelle Collins and Stephen Tompkinson will star in a new production of Charles Dyer’s 1962 comedy, The Rattle of a Simple Man. The revival, directed by John Caird, opens at the West End’s Comedy Theatre on 11 May 2004 (previews from 6 May).

Down from Manchester with the lads, timid football fan Percy is picked up by a prostitute after the match. The lads bet he won't spend the night with her but, uncharacteristically, he accepts the bet and goes to her basemen flat. He’s shy, gullible and believes all her lies about her exclusive education, her rich family and her exciting life. But what’s the truth?

Tompkinson is a familiar face from TV series such as Ballykissangel, Drop the Dead Donkey, Grafters, Ted and Alice and Bedtime. His film credits include Brassed Off, Tabloid TV and Hotel Splendide. On stage, he’s appeared most recently in Art and last year’s revival of Arsenic and Old Lace.

Collins (pictured), who will make her West End debut in The Rattle of a Simple Man, is best known for her long-running role in BBC soap EastEnders. Her other television credits include Single, Daylight Robbery, Perfect, Two Thousand Acres of Sky, Up Rising and Running Wild.

Currently at the Comedy Theatre, the 75th anniversary revival of RC Sheriff’s First World War classic Journey's End continues until 1 May 2004 before transferring to the West End’s Playhouse Theatre (See Today’s Other News).

- by Terri Paddock