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On the Ceiling set for the Garrick Theatre



Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

It has just been announced that On the Ceiling will close three months ahead of schedule, on October 1, 2005.

Previously Posted: It has now been confirmed that On the Ceiling will open at the Garrick Theatre on September 12, 2005, with previews from August 30. The initial booking period runs to December 31, 2005.

Previously Posted: Although a London venue has yet to be announced, actor Nigel Planer's comedy, his first as a playwright and entitled On the Ceiling, will be the latest in an increasing number of Birmingham Rep transfers to the West End.

And On the Ceiling takes an entirely new look at the painting of the Sistine Chapel - one that will surely have Michelangelo turning in his grave.

Set in 1508, the man the Pope has entrusted with this vast undertaking, is simply not up to the job - even when he remembers to turn up for work.

 

So, who has to cover for him, put in all the hours, teach him his craft, patch up his mistakes, deal with his tantrums and still get the job done? The little guys forgotten by history, of course, and played here by Ron Cook and Ralf Little (pictured).

Cook's recent credits include Howard Katz (on stage), The Merchant of Venice, Chocolat and Charlotte Gray; while Little has appeared in Billy Liar (on stage) and The Royle Family and Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps for TV.

Planer will always be remembered for his roles in TV's The Young Ones and The Comic Strip Presents, both back in the 1980s.

More recently though, he's appeared on stage in the musicals Chicago and We Will Rock You, as well as plays such as Feelgood and Darwin in Malibu.

He was also a co-founder of London's Comedy Store and Comic Strip Clubs and has written several books, including I, An actor, a spoof memoir of fictitious luvvie actor, Nicholas Craig, a character he later portrayed in a one-man show of the same name.

And, with his brother Roger, Planer has written and voiced over more than a hundred episodes of The Magic Rounderbout.

On the Ceiling will be directed by Jennie Darnell and can be seen at Birmingham Rep from May 14 - 28, 2005, prior to its London transfer.

 

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