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.