Final rehearsals are underway for this summer’s must see comedy, Marc Camoletti’s Don’t Dress for Dinner at the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne which opens on Tuesday 19 and runs until Saturday 30 July.
Eastbourne favourite Ben Roddy leads the mayhem with Damian Williams, Polly Lister and Tracey Penn. Due to indisposition Sue Devaney will no longer be appearing in the show, she is replaced by Janine Mellor who will be recognisable to many for her long-running role in the BBC hospital drama Casulaty. Janine took the role of Kelsey Phillips from 2005 until 2009.
Don’t Dress for Dinner is a wonderfully (and at times toe-curlinging) funny comedy of misunderstandings and duplicity; in it we meet Bernard who has invited Suzy his gorgeous Parisian mistress to his home for the weekend as his wife is away. He’s also invited his best friend Robert along as an alibi - and with a feast promised from chef Suzette what could possibly go wrong? Well, of course, everything. As the ludicrous plot turns from the sublime to the ridiculous with increasing lunacy it promises an evening of break-neck speed hilarity.
Ben Roddy has performed in a number of productions at Eastbourne’s Devonshire Park Theatre including the other Marc Camoletti farce Boeing Boeing, and most recently in the thriller A Party to Murder.
Joining Ben will be Damian Williams who has previously starred at the Devonshire Park in the acclaimed My Dogs Got No Nose. He is one of the UK’s best pantomime Dames and without question a brilliant comic actor who will be the perfect foil as Robert to Ben Roddy’s Bernard.
UK Theatre Award winner Polly Lister also joins the cast; Polly won for her ‘achingly funny’ portrayal of Beverly in Abigail’s Party last year. Completing the line-up as Suzy is Tracey Penn, Tracey has previously ‘trod the Devonshire Park boards’ in Robin Hood, her other credits include Made in Dagenham plus national tours of Hairspray and Legally Blonde.
Written by Marc Camoletti Don’t Dress for Dinner is produced by Eastbourne Theatres and Phil&Ben and is at the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne from Tuesday 19 until Saturday 30 July, nightly performances from Tuesday to Saturday at 7.45pm, Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm, tickets priced from £15.50, to book or for more information call the box office on 01323 412000 or online.
Photo courtesy of Peter Gurr