Can an old duck learn new tricks? The producers of Ducktastic, the new show from The Right Size, are hoping so. The comedy’s West End premiere at the Albery Theatre has been postponed in order to train the feathered stars in some new tricks recently added in. The opening was scheduled for Monday 17 October 2005 (previews from 11 October) and will now take place on Wednesday 19 October. However, critics are being invited to the matinee rather than the evening performance Ducktastic as the press night for the Donmar Warehouse transfer of Mary Stuart takes place on the same night.

Similar to how the multi award-winning Play What I Wrote was inspired by Morecambe and Wise, Ducktastic is inspired by Siegfried and Roy, the flamboyant, German-born magicians who’ve been entertaining Las Vegas audiences for more than 30 years. However, whereas Siegfried and Roy have built their act around white Siberian tigers, the Right Size’s show is, as the title suggests, built around white ducks.

In Ducktastic, which had an out-of-town tryout in Newcastle last month, McColl plays world famous illusionist Christopher Ursula Sassoon who, after an accident with an emu, loses his license to perform in Las Vegas. He teams up with Foley’s Roy de La Rue (né Street), a pet shop proprietor from Portsmouth, to form Sassoon & Roy and put on a new West End show.

The new play reunites the Right Size with Kenneth Branagh and Alice Power, who respectively directed and designed The Play What I Wrote, as well as producer David Pugh. In addition to a flock of birds, the Ducktastic cast also features Liz Crowther, Clive Hayward, Alex Kelly, Ruby Snape and Daphne (the duck?). The show is choreographed by Michael Rooney (son of Mickey), with lighting and special effects by Patrick Woodroffe, original music by Steve Parry and magic by Simon Drake.

- by Terri Paddock