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New comedy Vulcan 7 by Adrian Edmondson and Nigel Planer - Richmond Theatre and on tour

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

JONATHAN Church Productions and Theatre Royal Bath Productions in association with Yvonne Arnaud Theatre have announced a brand new comedy, Vulcan 7. Written by and starring Adrian Edmondson and Nigel Planer, it will premiere this autumn before embarking on a UK tour.

Directed by Steven Marmion, Vulcan 7 will open on Wednesday, September 19, 2018, in Guildford and tour to Cambridge, Newcastle, Bath, Richmond (October 22 to October 27), Malvern and Edinburgh.

British actor-comedians Adrian Edmundson and Nigel Planer rose to fame in TV sitcoms The Comic Strip Presents… and the BRIT award-winning cult classic The Young Ones and have performed together in Filthy, Rich and Catflap and in the spoof band Bad News.

In their latest comedy, Vulcan 7, they will co-star as former drama students, Gary Savage and Hugh Delavois, one a plodding actor, the other a struggling Hollywood star, both in their 60s who are reunited on Icelandic wasteland, on the set of a fantasy movie. The cast is completed by Lois Chimimba who stars as film runner, Leela.

Hugh has landed the role of Vulcan’s butler and he’s making his seventh film for the franchise. Gary is a one-time Hollywood A-lister playing a guest monster with four hours in make-up and one word in the script. Sparks fly inside the trailer as old wounds are opened. Leela, a runner, attempts to keep the peace, but outside the trailer things are not going to plan either: the director’s gone AWOL, the catering truck’s on the wrong side of a ravine, and the volcanic activity is growing more lively by the minute…

Adrian Edmondson (Gary Savage) is well known for his role in TV sitcom Bottom which he wrote and starred in with Rik Mayall. Other television credits include Jonathan Creek, Blackadder and the BBC adaptation of War and Peace. On stage, he has appeared in The Rocky Horror Show in the West End and Twelfth Night at the RSC. His film credits include Captain Peavey in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Nigel Planer (Hugh Delavois) is an actor, comedian, novelist and playwright who has worked extensively in the West End with leading roles in original productions of Evita, Chicago, We Will Rock You, Wicked, Hairspray, Feelgood and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for which he received an Olivier Award nomination. He has been nominated for numerous other awards and won the BRIT award for Best Comedy Record in 1984 for his appearance in The Young Ones.

Lois Chimimba (Leela) has appeared at the National Theatre most recently in Common, and previously in Peter Pan and wonder.land. Other theatre credits include Pitcairn at Shakespeare’s Globe and Chichester Festival Theatre and Nightingale and Chase at the Royal Court. She has also appeared on television in the drama series Trust Me and on film in The Proposal.

Steven Marmion (Director) is currently Artistic Director at Soho Theatre where he has been at the helm since 2010. Productions include Only The Brave and the award-winning Madam Butterfly’s Child and Mad Margaret’s Revenge. He has also directed workshops for the National Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, Royal Court and the RSC with whom he is an Education Associate Practitioner. Associate director credits include Rupert Goold’s production of Macbeth and its Broadway transfer.

To book tickets for Richmond Theatre, call the box office on 0844 871 7651 or visit www.atgtickets.com/shows/vulcan-vii/richmond-theatre/.