Tommy Tiernan (pictured) will join his comic brethren Ross Noble, Michael Barrymore, Lenny Henry and Bill Bailey in the West End this autumn. The Irish stand-up will have a limited season at London's New Ambassadors Theatre, where he'll perform late nights on Thursdays and Fridays from 25 September to 1 November 2003.

Like Noble whose Unrealtime opens at the Garrick in September, Tiernan will travel south following this year's 57th annual Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where he's currently performing at the Pod. Tiernan's new solo show, Tell Me a Story..., has already won acclaim in his native Ireland and on a brief British regional tour earlier this summer.

A veteran of Edinburgh, Tiernan won the Perrier Prize, as well as the British Comedy Award for best stand-up, in 1998. On screen, he's hosted two series of The Stand Up Show and appeared in the Channel 4 sitcom Small Potatoes.

At the New Ambassadors, the Tell Me a Story... season will run concurrently with another Irish hit, Marie Jones' long-running two-hander Stones in His Pockets, which transferred back to its original West End home from the nearby Duke of York's on 16 July 2003. The current cast are Rupert Degas and Hugh Lee.

Meanwhile, television comedians Michael Barrymore and Lenny Henry, along with Bill Bailey, will make their West End debuts in a comedy season at the West End's Wyndhams Theatre, which runs from 15 September to 29 November 2003 (See News, 27 Jun 2003).

- by Terri Paddock