The antipodean answer to Friends is returning to London next month for its West End premiere. The Vegemite Tales - which had a three-month season last summer at Riverside Studios after 33 previous sell-out weeks on the London fringe (See News, 2 Jun 2006) – will open on 27 July 2006 at The Venue, Leicester Square, where it’s initially booking until 23 September 2006.

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 hit with Australian and New Zealander ex-pats.

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.

For The Venue run, Bill Buckhurst directs a new cast which includes Blair McDonough (Stuart from Aussie TV soap Neighbours), Andrew Robb and Tom Sangster from the original cast, as well as Andy Leonard, Jessica Gerger and Sarah McGlade. The Vegemite Tales is presented by Itchy Feet Theatre.

- by Terri Paddock