Keeley Hawes Departs BARKING IN ESSEX Due to Fight with Sheila Hancock

BARKING IN ESSEX, currently playing at London's Wyndham's Theatre through January 4, and according to the Daily Mail, star Keeley Hawes has left the production prematurely because of personal issues between her and her castmate Sheila Hancock.

A source told Daily Mail: "Sheila has forthright views about how performers should act in the play. She has a reputation for being blunt. She didn't hit it off with Keeley, partly because Keeley hasn't done much stage work before, and because they have very different personalities. In Sheila's mind she treaTed Keeley no differently to how she treated others but it's fair to say people on the production found Sheila abrasive and Keeley doesn't suffer fools gladly."

Hawes revealed the following in a recent statement: 'It is with much regret that I must announce to all ticket holders that I will no longer be performing as Chrissie Packer in Barking In Essex for the remainder of the show. I have been utterly committed to the show to date and I would like to offer my most sincere apologies to those who have purchased a ticket to see me and I hope this does not cause significant inconvenience for anyone affected.'

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Freedom finally beckons for lowlife con man Algie Packer. He's done seven years inside and now he's coming home to spend his carefully stashed cash - £3.5million in untraceable notes. But there's something Algie's family has forgotten to mention... The Packers are your average dysfunctional Essex crime family with a big problem. Are they going to be able to cover their tracks before Algie arrives home?

Clive Exton's writing credits include the highly-acclaimed film 10 Rillington Place, Poirot, and Jeeves and Wooster. BARKING IN ESSEX is directed by Harry Burton (The Dumb Waiter, The Leisure Society), with design by Simon Higlett, lighting by James Farncombe, sound by Gareth Owen and casting by Anne Vosser. It is produced in London by MJE Productions, Theatre Royal Haymarket Productions and James Quaife Productions.

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