Patricia Hodge will join the cast of Matthew Warchus’ hilarious and critically acclaimed production of Boeing-Boeing, currently playing to packed houses at the Comedy Theatre in the the role of Bertha from 30 April until 23 June. Of the current cast Roger Allam, Mark Rylance, Daisy Beaumont and Michelle Gomez are expected to continue in their roles until 23 June. Boeing-Boeing is currently booking until 20 October 2007. Any further recasting will be announced shortly.
Translated by Beverley Cross from Mark Camoletti’s original, Matthew Warchus’ production of Boeing-Boeing opened at the Comedy Theatre in February. Boeing-Boeing is designed by Rob Howell, with lighting by Hugh Vanstone, original music by Claire van Kampen and sound by Simon Baker. The curtain call is devised by Bruno Tonioli. Boeing-Boeing is produced in the West End by Sonia Friedman Productions, Act Productions, Matthew Byam Shaw, Robert G Bartner and Bob Boyett.
Bernard, a successful architect living in Paris, thought he could easily cope with his three air hostess fiancées. It was all a question of timetables and a reliable, long-suffering housekeeper who reluctantly has the role of romantic air-traffic controller. When old school chum Robert arrives, Bernard relishes the chance to show his wide-eyed friend his first-class operation at work. Unfortunately, schedules change, flights are delayed and a new turbo-charged Boeing aircraft is introduced: chaos ensues in this hysterical whirl of mayhem and matchmaking.
Patricia Hodge was last seen in the West End in Michael Frayn’s classic farce Noises Off. Her extensive theatre credits include The Clean House at the Crucible, Sheffield, His Dark Materials, Money and Summerfolk all for the National Theatre, Heartbreak House at the Almeida, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie in the West End, Noel and Gertie at the Comedy Theatre and Separate Tables at the Albery Theatre. On television she has starred in Hustle, Sweet Medicine, The Falklands Play, Rich Tea and Sympathy and Rumpole of the Bailey.