Prunella Scales will star in the UK premiere of Mary Morris' Too Far to Walk, which will have a limited four-week season at the fringe King's Head Theatre. The play opens on 20 November and continues to 8 December 2002 (previews from 12 November).

Scales (pictured - though difficult to recognise!) plays Clarissa, a woman wrongly held in a British mental institution for over 50 years. Originally sent there because there were no places available in children's homes, Clarissa is finally reunited with her sister in Australia with whom she's had no contact with since childhood.

Scales' many notable stage productions include: in the West End, The Birthday Party, Just the Three of Us and An Evening with Queen Victoria; at the Royal Court, The Editing Process and Some Singing Blood; and at the National, Single Spies, School for Scandal and Long Day's Journey into Night. Most recently, she's appeared in touring productions of The Cherry Orchard and The External and in the multi award-winning West End revival of Peter Nichols' A Day in the Death of Joe Egg.

Best known as John Cleese's wife Sybil in the classic sitcom Fawlty Towers, Scales other film and television credits include Mad Cows, Stiff Upper Lips, An Awfully Big Adventure, Howard's End, The Boys from Brazil, Silent Witness, Keeping Mum, The Rector's Wife, Mapp and Lucia and Marriage Lines - as well as the long-running Tesco adverts in which she plays Jane Horrocks' mum.

In Too Far to Walk, Scales is joined in the cast by Gillian Axtell, Susan Harrison and Annie Rowe. The production is directed by Lucy Skilbeck and designed by Kevin Freeman, with lighting by David Holmes.

The King's Head current production - the return of hit revue Dorothy Fields Forever - reopened last night, 15 October, and continues to 10 November 2002.

- by Terri Paddock