Darren Day - best known for his family-friendly musical roles and for appearing on last year's series of I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here - returned to the stage last night (21 May 2003) to play a serial rapist in Extremities. The graphic drama, by American playwright William Mastrosimone, has opened for a limited one-month season on the fringe ahead of a hoped-for West End transfer. It continues at the 40-seat Old Red Lion in Islington, north London, until 21 June 2003.

Day launched his theatre career in 1993 when, as understudy to Philip Scofield, he took over the title role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in the West End. Tours and limited West End seasons of other musicals followed, including Great Expectations, Copacabana, Summer Holiday, Grease and The Rocky Horror Show, as well as Royal Variety Show appearances.

Last year, millions of television viewers watched as Day locked horns with nine other celebrities - most heatedly, with 'It' girl Tara Palmer-Tompkinson - in the launch series of reality programme I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here, which has just completed its second run this month.

In Extremities, Day plays an attacker who, when he breaks into the home of his latest victim, has the tables turned. Marjorie overpowers him, ties him up and cages him. Then she must decides what to do with him - release or torture?

Extremities won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Play when it premiered in 1982 in New York, where it enjoyed a long run and starred a succession of leading actresses including Susan Sarandon and Farrah Fawcett. In 1986, it was made into a film starring Fawcett. For this new production, the play has been updated and relocated from the US to London.

Day is joined in the cast by Ineke Rapp, Abby Simpson and Susie Porter. The production is directed by Glenn Fraser and presented by Itchy Feet Theatre. The season at the Old Red Lion will include a charity performance on 15 June 2003, with all proceeds going to Rape Crisis.

- by Terri Paddock