Mammals, the first stage play by actress-turned-writer Amelia Bullmore, will launch a two-month regional tour in January. The double Whatsonstage.com Award-nominated production, which premiered at west London’s Bush Theatre in April 2005 (See News, 3 Mar 2005), will reopen at the Oxford Playhouse on 24 January 2005 (previews from 20 January) before continuing, until 18 March, to six further venues.

In Mammals, Jane and Kev Hammersby don’t have secrets. When Kev comes home from a business trip with something on his mind, the truth will out, despite a house full of over-excited children, dirty laundry and weekend guests who have arrived early.

In the recast production, directed by Anna Mackmin, original cast member Niamh Cusack will be joined by Anna Chancellor (Boston Marriage on stage, Spooks, Four Weddings on a Funeral on screen) and Mark Bonnar (TV’s Casualty).

Bullmore’s other writing credits have included episodes of TV’s This Life, Attachments and Black Cab (which she also devised). In the 2005/6 Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers’ Choice Awards, Bullmore has been nominated for Ms London Newcomer of the Year for Mammals, which has also garnered a nomination for Best New Comedy (click here to vote now!).

Following Oxford, the production will visit Cambridge, Sheffield, Guildford, Richmond, Exeter and Liverpool. Mammals is presented on tour by Bush Productions Ltd and Matthew Byam Shaw.

- by Terri Paddock