Some might think director/producer Guy Masterson is a glutton for punishment. An Edinburgh Festival stalwart, Masterson has had particular success of late with casting comics in high-profile play revivals. He followed 2003’s Twelve Angry Men with last year’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, in which the comics played lunatics to Christian Slater’s rebel RP McMurphy and Frances Barber’s Nurse Ratched. But, though the latter production turned out to be a huge West End success, earning two Awards (including Best Actor for Slater) on top of a buoyant box office, it was initially fraught, particularly for Masterson. While still in rehearsals, he withdrew from the project he put together, citing “reasons of a personal nature and the stress induced by such” (See News, 23 Jul 2004). Bouts of chicken pox, cancelled performances, a delayed press night and a knife attack followed before the end of the run. Undaunted, Masterson has announced that his star vehicle for this year’s Edinburgh Festival, followed by a planned 12-week West End season, will be a revival of Neil Simon’s 1965 comedy The Odd Couple, starring comedians Bill Bailey and Alan Davies as the titular, mismatched friends.