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    Those who like their comedy black, blue and raucous will love this foul-mouthed farce, argues Charles Spencer.
    The Daily Telegraph
    As a piece of black comedy, Clive Exton's play is neither sufficiently dark nor consistently funny
    The Guardian

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Sheila Hancock and Lee Evans star in a new foul-mouthed comedy, Barking in Essex. Opening at Wyndham’s Theatre for a limited time, Barking in Essex is the riotous new play that follows a dysfunctional Essex family as they go on the run from their own family member, who is just being released from prison. Instead of a big reunion, the family have to come to terms with the fact that they’ve spent all of his money and he’s not too happy about it!

Comedian Lee Evans and Olivier Award-winning actress Sheila Hancock star in Clive Exton’s foul-mouthed comedy of errors. Documenting Essex’s most dysfunctional family, Barking in Essex is a riotous new comedy directed by Harry Burton, who previously worked with Lee Evans in The Dumb Waiter in 2007. Playing for a limited time at Wyndham’s Theatre, Barking in Essex runs until January 2014.

After seven years in prison, Essex’s most prolific gangster, Algie, is on his way out and looking forwards to being reunited with £3.5 million of his cold, hard cash. The only problem is that his mother and sister-in-law have frivolously frittered the money on a lavish lifestyle that has included round the world cruises and endless champagne. When chaos inevitably comes crashing down, the family are forced to go on the run from Algie, the police and a hit man! Will they succeed in evading the law? Or will their constant bickering be their real end?

Best-known for his sell-out stand-up comedy, Lee Evans has previously appeared in The Producers, The Dumb Waiter and Endgame, now starring as Darnley, alongside Sheila Hancock as the matriarchal Emmie. Hancock has had an extensive stage career and has starred in productions such as Cabaret, Sister Act and The Last of the Duchess. Further cast members include Keeley Hawes (Ashes to Ashes, Upstairs Downstairs) as Chrissie, Karl Johnson as Rocco and Monserrat Lombard as Allegra Tennyson.

Written by Exton, who has previously penned television adaptations of Poirot and Jeeves and Wooster, Barking in Essex is directed by Harry Burton, with design by Simon Higlett, lighting design by James Farncombe and sound design by Gareth Owen. An uproarious, outrageous new comedy, Barking in Essex promises to be awfully entertaining.

Sorry this show closed 04 January 2014, we recommend these similar productions.

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Performance dates:
10 Dec 2013 - 04 Jan 2014
Running time:
2 hours and 15 minutes.
Audience Notes:
Barking in Essex is recommended for those aged 16 and over. Fans of comedies will find this a hilarious insight into a “typical” Essex crime family.

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