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Routledge drives The Solid Gold Cadillac to the West End



Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

A CLASSIC comedy from George S Kaufman and Howard Teichmann, The Solid Gold Cadillac, is to open at a yet unnamed West End theatre on September 27, 2004 (previews from September 22) following short runs at the Yvonne Arnaud (September 1-11) and Malvern Festival Theatre (September 13 - 18).

Patricia Routledge is wily pensioner, Mrs Laura Partridge who, for want of something better to do, attends the AGM of a company in which she owns a few shares.

It's only when the directors try to pass a massive pay rise by proxy vote that she makes her presence known, by voicing her opinion in no uncertain terms.

Routledge became a household name with her portrayal of Hyacinth Bucket - pronounced Bouquet, of course - in the BBC sitcom, Keeping Up Appearances. But comedy apart, she is equally at home with drama and musical theatre, and her work has been highly acclaimed.

In 1988, she won an Olivier Award for her performance in Candide and has had parts written specifically for her by Alan Bennett in A Woman Of No Importance and A Lady of Letters; likewise solos for both Take Care of This House and Duet For One, from Leonard Bernstein.

And she has recently been awarded a CBE for her services to the arts.

Playing alongside Ms Routledge, will be the inimitable Roy Hudd whose radio programme, The News Huddlines, has been running for an incredible 29 years.

But Hudd, too, has had a long and distinguished career in theatre, appearing in productions such as Oliver!, Babes in the Wood, Hard Times and A Midsummer Night's Dream. And in 1982, he received the Olivier Best Actor Award for his part in Underneath the Arches.

Hudd also has the distinction of having parts specially written for him. In his case, it was Dennis Potter's Ben Baglin from Karaoke.

The Solid Gold Cadillac will be directed by Ian Brown, Artistic Director of the West Yorkshire Playhouse, whose other credits include, Trainspotting, at the Glasgow Citizen's Theatre; Steaming, at the Piccadilly; Fool for Love, at the Donmar Warehouse, and the Olivier Award-winning, Good Night Children Everywhere.

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