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Sign of the Times Posts Closing Notices, 2 Apr

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Tim Firth's Sign of the Times has posted closing notices at the Duchess Theatre and will play its last performance on Saturday 2 April 2011.

The two-hander, which stars Matthew Kelly and ShamelessGerard Kearns opened on 11 March (previews from 7 March) at the Duchess Theatre, where it was booking to 28 May 2011.

Firth's adaptation of his Calendar Girls screenplay won last year’s Whatsonstage.com Award for Best New Comedy. Sign of the Times was originally written in 1991 as a one-act play called Absolutely Frank for Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre under Alan Ayckbourn, the full-length version of the play toured the UK last year with Stephen Tompkinson and Tom Shaw.

Firth’s other credits include Neville’s Island, The Safari Party and Olivier Award-winning Madness musical Our House on stage; and Calendar Girls, Blackball, Kinky Boots, Money for Nothing and Preston Front on screen.

Sign of the Times is directed by Peter Wilson, with design by Morgan Large (nominated in the 2011 Whatsonstage.com Awards for Flashdance), with lighting by Tony Simpson and sound by Gareth Owen.

Matthew Kelly won the 2003 Olivier Award for Best Actor for Of Mice and Men. His many theatre credits since have included Waiting for Godot, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Troilus and Cressida, Comedians and the musicals Spamalot and Lend Me a Tenor.

Best known as Ian Gallagher from Shameless and Ryan in Ken Loach’s film Looking for Eric, Gerard Kearns’ stage credits include A Thousand Yards, Hanky Park and Borstal Boy. Sign of the Times marks his West End debut.

The next production confirmed for the Duchess is Simon Gray's Butley which opens on 6 June 2011 (previews from 1 June). The 40th anniversary revival, it is directed by Lindsay Posner and has a cast which includes The Wire star Dominic West, Penny Downie and Paul McGann.

It's also expected that Hampstead Theatre's production of Mike Leigh's Ecstasy will transfer to the Duchess for a limited run prior to Butley's opening, however this has still to be confirmed.


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