Ray Cooney's Caught in the Net will finish its extended West End season at the end of its current booking period on 29 June 2002. Plans for a UK-wide tour this autumn - potentially with the West End cast, headed by comedians Eric Sykes and Russ Abbot - are now underway. The farce, a sequel to Cooney's ever-popular Run for Your Wife, opened at the West End's Vaudeville Theatre on 29 August 2001 (following previews from 20 August).
First staged in 1983, Run for Your Wife has become an enduring favourite around the world. Continuing the story in Caught in the Net, bigamist taxi driver John Smith's deceptions are beginning to catch up with him when his teenage son from one marriage happens to meet the teenage daughter from the other on the Internet - leading to a mad effort to cover his tracks.
Originally premiered at Windsor's Theatre Royal in August 2000 under the name Run for Your Wife Again, Caught in the Net also stars Robert Duncan (best known as windbag "Gus Hedges" from the BBC sitcom Drop the Dead Donkey) who took over from Robert Dawes as John Smith. The rest of the cast are Carol Hawkins, Helen Gill, William Harry and Beccy Armory.
Caught in the Net is written and directed by Ray Cooney and designed by Douglas Heap, with lighting by Douglas Kurht. It is produced in the West End by Bill Kenwright.
The next production for the Vaudeville Theatre has not yet been confirmed, though it is expected to be Geraldine McNulty's one-woman show Betty, directed by Kathy Burke.
- by Terri Paddock