A tribute to the late American comedian Bill Hicks, Bill Hicks: Slight Return - which was a sell-out success at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2004 and 2005 and has since enjoyed a national tour and extended season at the Soho Theatre - is coming to the West End for a limited run at Leicester Square’s The Venue from 1 to 17 June 2006.

The solo show, written by Chas Early and Richard Hurst, includes updated material for the West End. It’s directed by Hurst, performed by Early and produced by James Seabright.

Bill Hicks was born on 16 December 1961 in Valdosta, Georgia. He performed his first gig at the age of 13 and didn’t stop entertaining with his darkly funny satirical routines until six weeks before his death from cancer, at the age of 32, on 26 February 1994.

Hicks’ edgy, confrontational style has influenced many comedians. Early, who has been a fan of Hicks ever since he saw him perform live in 1992, uses his impersonation of the cult comic to take a look at what Hicks would have made of the world in 2006. In his modern incarnation, Hicks is none too impressed - everyone from George Bush to Coldplay fall victim to a tirade of abuse.

Hurst’s theatre work includes Play Wisty for Me: The Life of Peter Cook (Riverside Studios and Pleasance, Edinburgh), his adaptation of Ripley Bogle (Time Out Critics’ Choice), and his adaptation of Hard Times (UK tour 2004). Hurst and Early first worked together on Twelfth Night (BAC), and subsequently on This Is Pop! (BBC Choice).

- by Caroline Ansdell