Doctor Who’s Sylvester McCoy (pictured) will star in the world premiere of The Pocket Orchestra – The Unlikely Lives of the Great Composers at the West End’s Trafalgar Studio 2 next month.

The new play by Graeme Garden and Callum McLeod runs from 26 April 2006 (preview 25 April) for a limited four-week season to 20 May 2006. The comedy takes an “irreverent, satirical and shamelessly anecdotal” look at the history of classical music and the often bizarre and anarchic lives of the great composers.

In addition to Doctor Who, McCoy’s television credits include Rab C Nesbitt, Frank Stubbs Promotes and The Gil Mayo Mysteries. On stage, he has appeared in Noises Off in the West End, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe at the RSC and the title role in Adrian Mitchell’s adaptation of The Pied Piper at the National. His other stage credits include Arsenic and Old Lace, Dick Whittington, Pride and Prejudice, Live from Golgotha, Robin Hood, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Hypochondriac.

Grameme Garden is best known as a member of The Goodies and the radio series I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue. On stage, his credits include The Unvarnished Truth in the West End and Cloud Nine at the Royal Court. He also wrote several episodes of Doctor in the House and I’m Sorry, I’ll Read That Again for BBC Radio.

Callum McLeod has conducted and been musical director for many West End productions including The Phantom of the Opera and Peter Pan. He has also worked extensively as a musical director for Michael Ball and as a director of the British Philharmonic Orchestra. The Pocket Orchestra is produced by Ambassador Theatre Group in association with ScreenStage.

- by Caroline Ansdell