Much-loved British TV stars June Whitfield (pictured) and Richard Briers will return to the West End next spring in a revival of Alan Ayckbourn's Bedroom Farce. The production, directed by Loveday Ingram, will open first at Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Theatre for two weeks from 11 March 2002 and will then spend a week at Richmond Theatre before its West End opening, which is expected in early April. A London venue and exact dates have not yet been confirmed.

Written in 1975, Bedroom Farce was Ayckbourn's first success at the National Theatre and has been a popular touring production around the UK regions for many years. The comedy concerns four married couples who are at different stages in their relationships and whose lives intersect over the course of one very chaotic evening.

Known to millions of British TV fans for his roles in hit series such as Marriage Lines, The Good Life and Monarch of the Glen, Richard Briers has returned regularly to the stage throughout his career. His theatre credits include landmark productions of The Real Inspector Hound and Run for Your Wife as well as, more recently, 1997's The Chairs (Royal Court and Broadway). On film, he has appeared in Henry V, Peter's Friends, Frankenstein and A Midwinter's Tale.

June Whitfield's early career featured West End roles in productions such as South Pacific and Love for Judy. She subsequently became a household name for her appearances on radio Take It from Here, The News Huddlines) and television (Terry and June, Absolutely Fabulous). Her film credits include numerous Carry On comedies and, in 1996, a rare dramatic role as Christopher Eccleston's dour aunt in Jude. On stage, she has appeared most recently in charity gala events such as A Night of 100 Stars at the London Palladium earlier this year.

Loveday Ingram, an associate director at the Chichester Festival Theatre, has been very busy of late. Her other recent credits include The Merchant of Venice (RSC - now at the Barbican), My One and Only (due to open in the West End in February), Pal Joey, Hysteria and The Blue Room.

Bedroom Farce is produced by Michael Codron.

Terri Paddock