The Rat Pack - Live from Live Vegas - the concert-style tribute show starring look- and sound-alikes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr - will stage a special seasonal version over the Christmas period. "Christmas with the Rat Pack" will cover performances from 27 November 2003 to 10 January 2004 at the West End's Strand Theatre.

During the period, the show will be adapted to include seasonal favourites - such as "Baby It's Cold Outside", "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow", "White Christmas", "Winter Wonderland" and "Auld Lang Syne" - in addition to a the usual parade of cool classics like "I've Got You Under My Skin", "That's Amore", "That Old Black Magic" and "My Way" to the accompaniment of a live 15-piece Big Band and a full supporting cast.

Previously at the West End's Haymarket Theatre for an extended season, The Rat Pack opened at the Strand on 26 June 2003, since when it's gone on to break all of the theatre's box office records. Prior to its initial West End transfer, The Rat Pack had been touring the country since 2000, previously visiting London for one-off dates at the London Palladium and a limited run at Sadler's Wells.

The Rat Pack - Live from Live Vegas is not to be confused with Rat Pack Confidential, Paul Sirett's stage play based on Shawn Levy's group biography, which transferred from Nottingham Playhouse to the West End's Whitehall Theatre last month (See News, 20 Aug 2003).

- by Terri Paddock