As previously tipped (See The Goss, 24 May 2007), this autumn Robert Bathurst (pictured) will bring to life Alex, the Daily Telegraph’s long-running comic strip about an obnoxious corporate financier. The new stage adaptation, written by the cartoon’s creators Charles Peattie and Russell Taylor, will premiere at the Arts Theatre in a limited nine-week season running from 10 October to 8 December 2007.

Initially a parody of the yuppie stereotype pervasive when the strip was first published in the Independent in 1987, 20 years on, the cartoon about life in the City of London continues to be published daily in the Telegraph.

The new one-man play follows Alex's increasingly desperate attempts to juggle his job, his marriage and his social life as crisis hits all three and threatens to ruin him. High-tech projection design care of design house Fifty Nine - whose stage credits include Katie Mitchell’s NT productions of The Waves and Attempts on her Life and the National Theatre of Scotland’s Black Watch - which allow Alex to interact with characters from the strip and other elements of his cartoon world.

Alex will be directed by Phelim McDermott, one of the founders and joint artistic directors of Improbable Theatre whose credits include Theatre of Blood, Sticky, The Hanging Man, The Wolves in the Walls, Satyagraha and the multi award-winning Shockheaded Peter. The premiere production is presented at the Arts by Eleanor Lloyd.

Robert Bathurst is currently starring alongside Richard Wilson in Steve Thompson’s political comedy Whipping It Up, which finishes its run at the West End’s New Ambassadors theatre on 16 June (See WOS TV, 2 Mar 2007). His other West End credits include Noises Off, Dry Rot, Alarms and Excursions, Members Only and Three Sisters with Kristin Scott Thomas. The actor is best known for his roles in television comedies Cold Feet, Joking Apart and My Dad’s the Prime Minister.

- by Terri Paddock