The Beautiful Game's Hannah Waddingham (pictured) will star in a new sci-fi musical inspired by long-running 1960s television series Lost in Space. Space Family Robinson, a hit at last year's Edinburgh Festival, will receive its London premiere next month at the Pleasance Theatre, where it runs from 8 to 26 May 2002 (previews from 3 May).

Waddingham starred as Christine in the recent production of Andrew Lloyd Webber/Ben Elton's The Beautiful Game, for which she also recorded the hit single "Our Kind of Love". Her other West End credits have included Lautrec and Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens.

In Space Family Robinson, Waddingham will once again play a space vixen - a sexy temptress called Starbird who murders thousands of men throughout the galaxy after sleeping with them. Sentenced to life, Starbird is incarcerated in a space prison from which there's no escape. Back on Earth, her SOS reaches old flame Ted G Robinson who sets off on a rescue mission in his campervan - with wife, kids and dog in tow.

The distinctly less raunchy original, Lost in Space, ran on American TV from 1965 to 1968 and followed the Robinsons as they tried to colonise outer space and battle with a stowaway spy in their midst. In 1998, it was made into a Hollywood film starring William Hurt, Mimi Rogers and Matt Le Blanc.

In the staged Space Family Robinson, Waddingham is joined in the cast by Arvid Larsen, Laurie Hagen, Hadrian Delacey, Helena Biggs, Tim Barron, Nicky Callanan, Stephen Carlile, Mark Carroll, JJ Chris and Stuart Piper.

The musical has book and lyrics by Julian Butler and score by Julian and Stephen Butler, who've twice been shortlisted for the Warner Chappell/PRS Vivian Ellis prize for new musicals. The production is directed by Oliver Campbell-Smith and designed by Matt Gates, with lighting by Alan Patterson, sound by Graham Simpson and musical direction by Julian Butler.

- by Terri Paddock