The Donmar Warehouse production of John Mortimer’s autobiographical 1970 play A Voyage Round My Father, starring Derek Jacobi, transferred last night on 21 September 2006 (previews from 14 September) to the West End’s Wyndham’s Theatre, where it’s booking for a limited season to 16 December (See News, 28 Jul 2006).

A Voyage Round My Father charts the relationship between a man and his blind barrister father who refuses to acknowledge his disability. John Mortimer is a playwright, novelist and QC who himself spent many years as a practising barrister. He’s best known for his Rumpole of the Bailey short story collections, which became a long-running TV series. His other stage plays include The Dock Brief, The Wrong Side of the Park and Hock and Soda Water.

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For 1st Night Photos, our Whatsonstage.com photographer was on hand for the post-show party at Brown’s along with Derek Jacobi and other members of the company as well as author John Mortimer, director Thea Sharrock, Donmar artistic director Michael Grandage and producer Arielle Tepper Madover.

In addition to Jacobi, the cast features Dominic Rowan, Natasha Little, Christopher Benjamin and Joanna David, who are joined by Lily Bevan, Neil Boorman, Osmund Bullock, Jamie De Courcey, Sadie Shimmin and Katie Warren. The production – which had a sell-out season at the Donmar from 8 June to 5 August 2006 - is designed by Robert Jones, with lighting by Peter Mumford and sound by Gregory Clarke.

- by Terri Paddock