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Cul-De-Sac - Theatre503

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

RBM in association with The Comedians Theatre Company and Theatre503 is presenting the London premiere of Cul-De-Sac, the debut play by award-winning comedian Matthew Osborn, at the Battersea venue – from December 4, 2012 to January 5, 2013.

A refreshing spin on the Stepford Wives, Cul-De-Sac is a twisted tale of curtain twitching in British suburbia.

A new house in the safety of a leafy suburb. A lovely wife, a beautiful daughter, and the soft hum of lawnmowers. But when Tim meets neighbour, Nigel, he begins to suspect that all is not as it seems in the cul-de-sac. Who is the mysterious Tony Devereux, and what is Nigel’s strange attraction to him? Can Dr Cole cure Nigel’s uncontrollable urges? Not to mention his own…

Maggie Inchley directs a cast that includes three of the UK’s most talented stand-up comedians and actors – Alan Francis, Julian Dutton and Mike Hayley.

Matthew Osborn started on the circuit in 2002 and that same year won So You Think You’re Funny? The following year, he was named Chortle Best Newcomer. Since then he has supported Harry Hill and Al Murray, as well as performing on the UK circuit and abroad in France, Belgium and Monaco.

In 2011, Osborn presented Cul-De-Sac at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to great acclaim. He returned to the Fringe this year with his second play Shopping Centre.

Alan Francis is a Scottish comedian and actor who first rose to fame as the 1991 winner of Channel 4’s So You Think You’re Funny? On television, he has also worked as a writer/performer on Alistair McGowan’s Big Impression. His other credits include Spy TV, Fist of Fun, Between the Lines, Knowing Me Knowing Yule, The Alexei Sayle Show and Alas Smith and Jones.

On stage he has appeared in the award-winning play Penetrator (Royal Court/Traverse Theatre) and Jeffrey Dahmer is Unwell (Edinburgh Fringe/Hampstead Theatre).

Actor and writer Julian Dutton has recently appeared on television in The Sarah Jane Adventures and Scoop for CBBC. He has written extensively for Scoop and Chucklevision as well as The Big Impression with Alistair McGowan.

Mike Hayley is a comedian, impressionist, actor and writer. He has appeared in several classic BBC Sketch shows including Something for the Weekend and Up to Something as well as being a writer for Jasper Carrot. His film and television work includes the voice of Colonel White in the remake of Gerry Anderson’s Captain Scarlet and the films 102 Dalmatians and The End of the World.

Cul-de-Sac was developed through Itch: A Scratch Event, the Comedians Theatre Company’s new writing project, and originally co-produced by the Pleasance in Edinburgh.

Tickets: £14, £9 concessions (Tuesday to Saturday), Pay what you can Sundays. Available from the box office on 020 7978 7040 or online at

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.45pm, Sunday at 5pm.

Elegy continues at Theatre503 until November 3, 2012. It will be followed – from November 6 to December 1, 2012 – by Where the Mangrove Grows.