The Duck House - Vaudeville Theatre
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
THE DUCK House, a new comedy set in a world of dodgy receipts, dodgier deceit, and pure Parliamentary panic, runs at the Vaudeville Theatre from December 10, 2013 (previews from November 27) to March 29, 2014.
Tony and Olivier award-winning Terry Johnson (Hysteria, End of the Rainbow) directs a cast that includes Ben Miller, Nancy Carroll, Diana Vickers, Debbie Chazen, James Musgrave and Simon Shepherd.
Written by Dan Patterson and Colin Swash, The Duck House is set in May 2009. Gordon Brown’s Government is in meltdown and a General Election is just one year away.
Labour backbencher Robert Houston loves being an MP and will do anything to save his seat – including change sides. All is going well with his switch from red to blue until, on the eve of his final interview with Sir Norman Cavendish, a Tory grandee, the Expenses Scandal breaks.
As public fury mounts over taxpayers’ millions being frittered away on second homes, hanging baskets, moat-cleaning and duck houses, Robert and his secretarial staff (i.e. wife Felicity, student son Seb and Russian housekeeper Ludmilla) find themselves in big, big trouble. And how did the EU bring together Seb’s gorgeous girlfriend Holly and Sir Norman?
Ben Miller’s screen credits include Death in Paradise, The Worst Week of My Life, Primeval and The Armstrong and Miller Show, alongside his comedy partner Alexander Armstrong (TV); Johnny English (film). On stage, he was in the original West End cast of The Ladykillers.
Nancy Carroll’s stage work includes The Recruiting Officer (Donmar Warehouse), House of Games and King Lear (Almeida Theatre), Arcadia (Duke of York’s Theatre) and After the Dance (National Theatre). On screen, she has appeared in Holby City and Iris.
Diana Vickers, whose talent came to light when she entered the X Factor in 2008, won a WhatsOnStage Award for Best Newcomer for her performance in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice at the Vaudeville Theatre.
The Duck House is designed by Lez Brotherston, with lighting by Mark Henderson and sound by John Leonard.
Prior to the West End dates, The Duck House will tour to Guildford, Malvern, Nottingham and Cambridge.