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WET WEATHER COVER Transfers to the West End 4/6; Plays Arts Theatre

Michael Brandon, Steve Furst and Pepe Balderrama star in Oliver Cotton's debut play Wet Weather Cover opening at the Arts Theatre with performances from 6 April 2010.

Rain. Spain. An epic movie on location. Two actors, two egos. One leaking trailer.

Brad (Michael Brandon - Dempsey and Makepeace, Jerry Springer The Opera) and Stuart (Steve Furst - Lenny Beige, Little Britain) are two actors from different backgrounds, one American, one English, with seemingly very little in common. Trapped together in a small leaking trailer on a film set, unable to work because of torrential rain, tensions mount. Secrets will be uncovered and resolutions undone in this critically acclaimed hilarious and explosive battle of wills.

Wet Weather Cover is directed by Kate Fahy, with design by Tanya McCallin, lighting by Emma Chapman, and sound by  Tim Middleton.

Wet Weather Cover will play from 6 April - 5 June 2010. Performance times are Monday- Saturday at 8pm and Wednesday and Saturday at 3pm. Tickets are available at the Arts Theatre box office or by calling 0845 017 5584. The Arts Theatre is located at 6/7 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JB. For more information visit www.artstheatrewestend.com.

Michael Brandon made his name in the UK in the hugely popular television series Dempsey & Makepeace alongside his wife Glynis Barber. He has since gone on to appear in Rise And Fall Of The Lehmann Brothers, Doctor Who, Hawking, New Tricks, The Catherine Tate Show and Trial and Retribution as well as US series Ally McBeal, The Practice and Bones. He was nominated for a Laurence Olivier award for his performance in Jerry Springer The Musical (National and West End) and his other stage credits include Does The Tiger Wear A Necktie on Broadway and On The Waterfront at the Hackney Empire. His film credits include Lovers And Other Strangers, A Change of Seasons and Me And Orson Welles.

Steve Furst can currently be seen as the wizard ‘Manitol' in BBC One's The Legend Of Dick and Dom and has previously appeared in Little Britain, Wuthering Heights, The Bill, The Lenny Beige Variety Pack and Armstrong & Miller. He will soon be seen in the forthcoming movie Malice In Wonderland and other film credits include St Trinian's I and II, The Piano Tuner and Graham and Alice. On stage he has appeared in Jack & The Beanstalk (Barbican), Twelve Angry Men (Edinburgh Festival) and Behind Net Curtains (Edinburgh Assembly Rooms).

Pepe Balderrama has appeared in numerous theatre productions including The Miser (Royal Exchange, Manchester), No Such Cold Thing (Tricycle), Macbeth and Oedipus (Bloomsbury) and The Odd Couple - female version (Arts Theatre). His television credits include Canoe Man, Schizo Shizu Samurai, Bremner, Bird and Fortune and The Omid Djalili Show.

This is Oliver Cotton's debut play in the West End as a writer. As an actor he has played leading roles in over thirty productions at The Royal National Theatre, worked extensively at the RSC, the Royal Court and London's West End where he starred in The Homecoming, Children of A Lesser God, Benefactors, An Ideal Husband and Life x 3. His numerous TV appearances include The Borgias, The Camomile Lawn, Waking The Dead, MIT, Sensitive Skin , Margaret and the BBC's soon to be seen Money. His films include Firefox, Oliver Twist, Eleni, Columbus, The Opium War, Beowulf, Baby Blue, The Dancer Upstairs, Pope Joan.

Cotton's other writing for the stage includes The Incredible Journey of Sir Francis Younghusband and The Enoch Show, both for the Royal Court, and Man Falling Down for Shakespeare's Globe. For television he has co-written A Touch of Frost (‘Hit and Run') and Diamond Geezer (‘Les Anges de Victoire'). He has also written a number of films: Singing for Stalin, Vines, Deadline, The Pier and Sofa, which received an Orange Commendation.

Wet Weather Cover marks Kate Fahy's directorial debut. She has worked extensively as an actor in theatre, television and film. Recent TV work includes Silent Witness. She appeared on stage in Michael Frayn's Copenhagen directed by Matthew Lloyd and in Edward Albee's The Goat at the Almeida and Apollo Theatres, directed by Anthony Page. Her recent film work includes Defiance with Daniel Craig, directed by Edward Zwick and The Living and The Dead directed by Simon Rumley for which she won both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress awards. She has recently completed filming Joanna Hogg's new, as yet untitled, film, which is to be released in September 2010.

Wet Weather Cover is produced by Wet Weather Cover Company, Sweeney Earl Productions and executive producer is Kim Poster for Stanhope Productions



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