Private detective Dick Barton returns to Croydon's Warehouse Theatre for the fourth time this Christmas. Episode IV - The Flight of the Phoenix receives its world premiere on 10 December 2002 and continues to 3 February 2003 (previews from 6 December).

The star of the BBC's first daily radio serial, private investigator and sometime special agent, Dick Barton appeared in 711 episodes between 1946 and 1951. It was from this original that the Warehouse drew inspiration for its musical series, with its first stage take on the character appearing in 1998. Since then, episodes one, two and three have appeared in Croydon and around the country.

Ably assisted by his jolly working class sidekicks Jock and Snowy, Dick has waged a constant battle with the forces of EFIL (the society of Evil Foreigners in London). Is Dick's number finally up in The Flight of the Phoenix? Could this be the last time we see Dick Barton alive?

The Flight of the Phoenix has book, music and lyrics by Duncan Wisbey and Stefan Bednarczyk with Warehouse artistic director Ted Craig, who also directs the latest episode. It's designed by Ellen Cairns with lighting by James Whiteside. The cast features Adam Morris as Dick Barton along with Darrell Brockis, William Oxborrow, Kit Benjamin, Stephen Aintree and Louise Doherty.

- Terri Paddock