You get two big names for the price of one at west London’s Bush Theatre in the new year. Playwright Mark Ravenhill (pictured) and Jerry Springer co-creator Stewart Lee are on both writing and performing duties in their new solo pieces, which will run nightly as a double bill from 9 January to 3 February 2007.

Ravenhill’s Product, which marked the playwright’s professional acting debut, was originally produced with Paines Plough at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2005. Since then, Ravenhill has performed it at the Royal Court Upstairs and toured nationally and internationally with it.

Amy is a hot young starlet. Now all she needs is the script which will save her from B movie hell. A script which balances artistic integrity with blockbuster bucks. Mark thinks he’s got the perfect pitch – a script which combines a torrid love story with the dark spectre of terrorism and big, big explosions. If he can only persuade Amy, he’s got the perfect Product. Lucy Morrison directs.

Ravenhill is best known for his in-yer-face dramas Shopping and Fucking, Some Explicit Polaroids, Mother Clap’s Molly House and, premiered earlier this year at the Donmar Warehouse starring Ian McKellen, The Cut. He makes his pantomime writing debut next month with his version of Dick Whittington, starring Roger Lloyd Pack in the Barbican’s first-ever panto (See News, 9 Dec 2005).

Lee, who is also a veteran stand-up comedian, co-created (with Richard Thomas) and directed the multi award-winning Jerry Springer - The Opera, which sparked religious protests when it was broadcast on the BBC and subsequently toured the UK. His new piece won’t do much to assuage the ire of Christian Voice. In What Would Judas Do?, Christ’s betrayer explains his position using words, rope and food. Prior to the Bush, it will preview on 14 and 15 November 2006 at the BAC, where Jerry Springer was first developed.

Product and What Would Judas Do? are presented at the Bush by David Johnson.

- by Terri Paddock