Philip Quast and Douglas Hodge are in talks to play lovers Georges and Albin in the Menier Chocolate Factory’s upcoming revival of Jerry Herman musical La Cage Aux Folles, according to the Daily Mail (See News, 31 Aug 2007). Quast is a triple Olivier Award winner – having scooped Best Actor in a Musical trophies for Sunday in the Park with George, The Fix and South Pacific - and was most recently seen on the West End stage in Michael Grandage’s revival of Evita. Hodge, an accomplished straight actor and director, made his musical stage debut in the original cast of Grandage’s Guys and Dolls.

Based on the 1973 French play by Jean Poiret and subsequent 1978 French-Italian screen version, La Cage Aux Folles focuses on the gay couple - Georges, the manager of a St Tropez nightclub featuring drag entertainment, and Albin, his star attraction - and the adventures that ensue when Georges' son brings home his fiancée's ultra-conservative parents to meet them.

The new Menier production – directed by Terry Johnson and designed by David Farley – runs in Southwark from 3 December 2007 (previews from 23 November) until 8 March 2008. Even ahead of any official cast announcement, we hear that demand for tickets is running high, so if Quast and Hodge sign up, a West End transfer would look almost certain.