As Jez Butterworth’s latest The Winterling continues its premiere season at the Royal Court, a play he co-wrote more than a decade ago is being unearthed at the King’s Head. Huge will have a limited season from 10 to 29 April 2006 (previews from 4 April).

Butterworth penned the comedy-drama with Ben Miller and Simon Godley, who also performed the original 1993 production which was seen at the King’s Head before a stint at the Edinburgh Fringe. Huge tells the story of double act Warren and Clark who prove that comedy is no laughing matter. Their routine is slick, funny and original. All they need now is a gig. But do they need each other?

In the new revival, Alan Drake plays Warren and Oliver Fishman is Clark. It’s directed by Jason Lawson who previously directed Drake and Fishman in another Cracking Up production, Danny’s Wake, which was staged at the King’s Head and later at Leicester Square’s Sound Theatre. Huge is presented at the King’s Head in association with the New End Theatre.


Meanwhile, at the New End itself, Christopher Clarke’s Timeless receives its world premiere in a limited season from 5 to 23 April (preview 4 April). Eighty-year-olds Magda and Honey haven’t seen each other in over 50 years when they bump into each other in a café. They catch up on the twists and turns of their war-torn lives in Poland and Paris. Then Honey discovers a terrible secret in her late husband’s safe deposit box.

Ruth Posner and Beryl King star in the premiere production, which is directed by the author and produced by Mark Jowett and Ian Murray for the New End in association with Halogen Entertainment.

- by Terri Paddock