Speaking of Leeds productions, West Yorkshire Playhouse artistic director Ian Brown hasn't given up hope on transferring last year's hit Dirty Blonde either (See The Goss, 21 May 2002). The New York comedy, inspired legendary vaudeville star and Hollywood sex siren Mae West, was originally tipped for a 2001 West End run, which was swapped for a UK and European premiere at the Leeds theatre in July 2002. A strong critical reception refuelled rumours of a transfer, which may still happen, Brown told Whatsonstage.com at a press meeting yesterday. Created by Claudia Shear and James Lapine, who starred and directed respectively, Dirty Blonde centres on two urban loners and their budding romance as they learn to discover a bit of Mae West swagger in their own lives. The UK production will feature the original New York cast.