Karen McLachlan's Betty, directed by actress and comedienne Kathy Burke, has posted early closing notices at the West End's Vaudeville Theatre. The one-woman show, performed by Geraldine McNulty, opened on 9 July 2002, following previews from 5 July, and had been booking up to 28 September. It will now close on 3 August after four weeks.

In Betty, McNulty plays a lonely spinster who discovers the joys of the spin cycle in her kitchen. After confessing her new pastime to her priest, she embarks on a religious retreat, bringing to life the myriad characters she meets on her journey.

Burke is best known for her TV performances in Gimme Gimme Gimme and numerous comedy series with Harry Enfield (particularly the sketches featuring Wayne and Waynetta Slob, and teenagers Kevin and Perry). On film, she has appeared in Kevin and Perry Go Large, Elizabeth, Nil by Mouth, Love Honour and Obey, This Year's Love and Dancing at Lughnasa.

Burke's previous stage directing credits include Nick Grosso's Kosher Harry, currently at the Royal Court Upstairs, Jonathan Harvey's Boom Bang-a-Bang and Out in the Open. Betty's transfer marked her West End directorial debut. The production is presented by Katherine Dore Management.

- by Terri Paddock