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The Ho-Ho Club - King's Head Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

SALLY LINDSAY will star in Roy Smiles’ play about stand-up comedy, The Ho-Ho Club, which runs from September 26 to November 5, 2006, at Islington’s King’s Head Theatre.

Described as raucous, funny and sad, The Ho-Ho Club is set both on stage and backstage at a stand-up comedy club in South London.

During the course of a wild eventful Saturday night, five comedians – a television star, a comic desperately trying to re-invent himself, his ex partner now on the slide, the obnoxious compere/club owner and the fragile open spot – come to terms with their lives and talents.

Lindsay (who plays Linda Walsh) is, of course, a familiar face for her five year stint in ITV’s Coronation Street. As Rover’s Return landlady, Shelley Unwin, she was voted Best Actress at the 2005 Inside Soap Awards.

Her other TV credits include Phoenix Nights (with Peter Kay), The Royle Family (as Michelle), and Fat Friends.

And Lindsay has just won rave reviews starring as Marilyn Monroe in the premiere of Bonnie Greer’s play Ella, Meet Marilyn, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The Ho-Ho Club also stars Roger Kitter as club owner/compere Dave Harper. Although best known as the cowardly Italian officer, Captain Alberto Bertorelli in the TV series Allo! Allo!, which ran for ten years on BBC1, he’s no stranger to theatre.

His stage credits include Run For Your Wife, Pyjama Tops and What No Pyjamas? (West End); Women of a Certain Age (national tour); and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (as Oberon). And he received rave reviews as Howard Cunningham in the musical based on the hit TV series, Happy Days.

The cast also includes Stephen Dean, Katy-Jo Howman, Dave Mayberry, Billy Miller and Roy Smiles.

Playwright/actor Smiles also wrote the Dead Comedians Trilogy: Ying Tong (about Spike Milligan), The Lad Himself (about Tony Hancock) and Schmucks (about Groucho Marx and Lenny Bruce).

His other plays include Top of the Town, Bombing People and Sick Dictators, Roberto Calvi is Alive and Well, Idiot’s Waltz and Lunatics Tango. His acting credits include Frank Stubbs Promotes, Operation Good Guys and Roman Polanski’s The Pianist (as Itzac Heller).

Karl Howman, who starred in the hugely popular TV series Babes in the Wood, Bad Boys, Brush Strokes, and more recently, in the flash TV adverts, will direct.

Tickets: £15-£20

For more information call the box office on 020 7226 1916 or visit the website.