Anita Dobson (pictured) stars in a new production of Pierre Marivaux's 18th-century comedy of role-playing and redemption, The Island of Slaves, which opens at London's Lyric Hammersmith tonight, 30 April 2002, following previews from 24 April.

In The Island of Slaves, four people, the sole survivors of a shipwreck, crawl out of the sea. Two of them are masters, and two of them are servants; and all four are about to discover what life feels like when the boot is on the other foot.

Best known for her long-running role as Angie Watts in TV's EastEnders, Dobson's stage credits include The Pajama Game and The Vagina Monologues. She's joined in the cast by Guy Dartnell, Amanda Harris, Crispin Redman and Gregory Trutor.

The Island of Slaves is directed by Lyric artistic director Neil Bartlett, who last took on Marivaux in the highly acclaimed 1999 production of The Dispute which won the Time Out Award for Best West End production.

- by Terri Paddock