The Vegemite Tales, the antipodean answer to Friends, will return to Leicester Square in July for a second consecutive summer at The Venue (See News, 21 Jun 2006). As last year, the new three-month West End season will run from 26 July to 27 October 2007.

Australian playwright Melanie Tait wrote the comedy based on her own experiences while living in the UK. It was first staged at the Baron’s Court Theatre in 2001 and soon became a sell-out fringe hit with Australian and New Zealander ex-pats. In summer 2005, it had a three-month season at west London’s Off-West End venue Riverside Studios.

The Vegemite Tales delves into the lives of a group of young antipodeans colonising a west London flat. Sam’s thinking about going home, Maddie’s thinking about Dan, Dan’s thinking with the wrong head, Eddie’s not really thinking at all, Gemma’s facing a big decision and Jane just wants the toilet bowl to be clean.

No casting has yet been announced for the new Venue dates, though the comedy has previously fielded Australian stars such as Blair McDonough from Neighbours. It’s once again directed by Bill Buckhurst produced by Itchy Feet Theatre.

- by Terri Paddock