Cold Feet’s Robert Bathurst and Nicolas Tennant (pictured together) will star in the British premiere of the French comedy Members Only. The two-hander opens at the West End’s Trafalgar Studios (in the 100-seat Studio 2), where it will run for 30 performances only from 3 to 22 April 2006 (previews from 28 March).

Adrien and Bernard are lifelong friends and business partners. It’s Bernard’s fortieth birthday. But Adrien can’t come because it’s the monthly dinner at his club. According to the press release, Members Only cruelly “exposes the little-known but sometimes terminal facts that even the firmest friendship is fallible, and trust is always conditional”.

Robert Bathurst was last seen in the West End starring alongside Kristin Scott-Thomas in Michael Blakemore’s 2003 revival Three Sisters. His other stage credits include Michael Frayn’s Alarms and Excursions and Noises Off. He’s best known for his TV work which, in addition to Cold Feet, includes My Dad’s the Prime Minister and, later this year, Poirot (After the Funeral) and Coup!, in which he’ll play Mark Thatcher.

Nicolas Tennant’s many stage credits include The UN Inspector, The Associate and Billy Liar at the National, The Taming of the Shrew and The Tamer Tamed for the RSC, Love Me Tonight at Hampstead, Herons at the Royal Court, and A Carpet, A Pony and A Monkey and Sugar Sugar at the Bush.

Fabrice Roger-Lacan’s first play premiered in 2001 in Paris, where it played for six months ahead of touring France and winning le Prix du Jeune Théatre de l’Académie Francaise. In 2003 a screen version was produced. Members Only is translated by Christopher Campbell, directed by Marianne Badrichani (The Little Black Book, 3 Women at Riverside Studios) and designed by Vicki Fifield.

- by Terri Paddock