Keeley Hawes, Lee Evans & Sheila Hancock Star in Exton's BARKING IN ESSEX at Wyndham's Theatre, Opening Today
Freedom finally beckons for Algie Packer, Essex's most notorious gangster. He's done seven years inside and now he's coming home to collect his booty - £3,672,000 in untraceable notes. But there's something Algie's family have forgotten to mention... The Packers are Essex's lovable, but most dysfunctional family. Lee Evans (The Producers, Endgame, The Dumb Waiter) is hapless, dim-witted Darnley, the village idiot of the criminal underworld, and Sheila Hancock (The Last of the Duchess, Sister Act, The Birthday Party) is Emmie, his mother - the family's Rottweiler with a hairdo. Witness the Packers as they desperately attempt to cover their tracks before Algie arrives to collect what is rightfully his.
BARKING IN ESSEX is a diabolically funny play by Clive Exton, the acclaimed writer of 10 Rillington Place, Poirot and Jeeves and Wooster, and is directed by Harry Burton (The Dumb Waiter, The Leisure Society) and casting is by Anne Vosser. It will be produced in London by Michael Edwards and Carole Winter for MJE Productions.
Hawes is currently filming for "The Tunnel", a drama series for Sky Atlantic. She has also appeared on television in Spooks, Ashes to Ashes and Upstairs, Downstairs (2010-12 remake). Additional credits include Troublemakers, The Moonstone, Karaoke, Heartbeat, The Beggar Bride, The Blonde Bombshell, A Murder is Announced, After Thomas, That Mitchell and Webb Look, Identity and Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box, set for release this year. Hawes has also voiced 'Lara Croft' for the Tom Raider video games since 2006.
BARKING IN ESSEX takes place at Wyndham's Theatre located at Charing Cross Road. London WC2H 0DA. Tickets are priced: 6-19 September: £22.50 - £42.50; from Friday 20 September: £22.50 - £52.50. The Box Office can be reached at 0844 482 5120. The play contains bad language and is suitable for ages 16+.