As predicted last month in The Goss, Karen McLachlan's Betty, directed by actress and comedienne Kathy Burke (pictured), will receive its West End premiere this summer. The one-woman show, performed by Geraldine McNulty, is now confirmed at the Vaudeville Theatre for a limited 12-week season from 9 July 2002, following previews from 5 July.

In Betty, McNulty plays a lonely spinster who discovers the joys of the spin cycle in her kitchen. After confessing her new pastime to her priest, she embarks on a religious retreat, bringing to life the myriad characters she meets on her journey. Described as a "dark comedy", Betty had a successful run at the 2000 Edinburgh Festival.

Director Burke is best known for her TV performances in Gimme Gimme Gimme and numerous comedy series with Harry Enfield (particularly the sketches featuring Wayne and Waynetta Slob, and teenagers Kevin and Perry). On film, she has appeared in Kevin and Perry Go Large, Elizabeth, Nil by Mouth, Love Honour and Obey, This Year's Love and Dancing at Lughnasa. In addition to Betty, Burke's stage directing credits include Nick Grosso's Kosher Harry, currently at the Royal Court Upstairs, Jonathan Harvey's Boom Bang-a-Bang and Out in the Open.

McNulty's previous stage credits include A Midsummer Night's Dream, Wolk's World, Tired and Emotional, Nipped and Tucked and Dumped and Devastated, as well as an earlier version of Betty, directed by Gareth Carrivick ant the Lyric Hammersmith.

The Vaudeville's current resident, Ray Cooney's farce Caught in the Net, continues until the end of its current booking period on 19 June 2002. Betty is presented in the West End by Katherine Dore Management.

- by Terri Paddock