The entire Chocolate Factory cast – Malcolm Sinclair, Samuel Barnett, Roger Lloyd Pack, Jay Simpson, Ross Boatman and Stephen Wight, who last month won the Evening Standard’s Outstanding Newcomer award for his performance as a luckless waiter – reprise their roles in the West End.
Dealer's Choice is set after hours in a restaurant where six men meet each week to play cards. Tonight the stakes are higher than usual – but winning has its price. In a night of psychological violence and bluff, the players stay up late and bust each other out.
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For 1st Night Photos, our Whatsonstage.com photographer Dan Wooller was on hand for the Dealer's Choice post-show party at the Empire Casino along with author, director, cast members, Menier Chocolate Factory artistic director David Babani, producer Sonia Friedman and other first-night guests including Felicity Kendal, Norman Pace, Beth Cordingley, Derren Brown, Martin Sherman, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Ian Conningham, Caroline Humphris, Laura Wade, Sheridan Smith, Jeremy Edwards, Stephanie Martyn and The Real Hustle’s Alexis Conran, Jessica-Jane Clement and Paul Wilson.
Dealer's Choice premiered at the National’s Cottesloe Theatre in 1995, directed by Marber, and later transferred to the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre and won the Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy. Best known at that point as a stand-up comedian and TV sketch writer, Marber partly based his playwriting debut on his own experiences with gambling addiction. Two years later, he confirmed his reputation with Closer. The plays Howard Katz, After Miss Julie and Don Juan in Soho also followed, as did the screenplay of Notes on a Scandal, for which Marber was Oscar-nominated.
- by Terri Paddock