Less than two-and-a-half years after completing an oft-extended four-year run (See News, 12 Feb 2004), Stones in His Pockets is making its West End comeback. Marie Jones’ multi award-winning comedy will start performances at the Duchess Theatre the week commencing 30 October 2006.

Hugh Lee and Simon Delaney – who previously appeared in the West End and are currently touring the production in Ireland – will once again play down-and-outs Jake Quinn and Charlie Conlin as well as a host of other colourful characters in the story about what happens when a Hollywood film crew moves in on a small Irish village.

The bittersweet two-hander started life at Belfast's Lyric Theatre in April 1999 before steamrolling on to success in Dublin and Edinburgh. It was first seen in London at the Tricycle Theatre before transferring to the New Ambassadors Theatre in May 2000 and then on to the Duke of York's in August 2000. In July 2003, it moved back to the New Ambassadors where, after more extensions, it finally finished on 15 May 2004.

Stones in His Pockets’ many awards include the Whatsonstage.com, Olivier and Evening Standard awards for Best Comedy and a Special Achievement Award from the Outer Critics Circle in New York. Original cast member Conleth Hill (who co-starred with Sean Campion) was also named Best Actor in the Irish Times, Olivier and Whatsonstage.com Awards.

In addition to extensive UK and international tours, Stones in His Pockets has been mounted on Broadway, been translated into 16 languages and been performed in more than 20 countries around the globe. The play is directed by the author's husband, Ian McElhinney, with design by Jack Kirwan and lighting by James C McFetridge. It’s produced by Paul Elliott, Adam Kenwright and Pat Moylan.

Currently at the Duchess Theatre, Douglas Hodge’s revival of Philip King’s classic wartime farce See How They Run opened on 29 June 2006 (previews from 20 June) and is booking until 28 October.

- by Terri Paddock