ELENA ROGER, DOON MACKICHAN ADRIAN DUNBAR AND NEIL STUKE JET IN TO JOIN THE CAST OF HIT WEST END COMEDY B O E I N G – B O E I N G
On 29 May Elena Roger, Doon Mackichan, Adrian Dunbar and Neil Stuke will join the cast of the West End hit comedy Boeing-Boeing, currently playing to packed houses at the Comedy Theatre.
Elena Roger will play Italian stewardess Gabriella, one of Bernard’s three glamorous fiancées who each believes she is his one true love! Elena Roger, who is half Italian and fluent in the language, has just completed an 11 month run in the title role of Evita at the Adelphi Theatre for which she received great critical acclaim. Actress, comedienne and writer Doon Mackichan, best known for her role in C4’s hit comedy series Smack the Pony, will play Lufthansa stewardess Gretchen. Adrian Dunbar who co-wrote and starred in the BAFTA nominated Hear My Song takes on the role of playboy Bernard and Neil Stuke, star of the BBC’s hit sitcom Game On, will play his old school chum, Robert. They join Patricia Hodge who plays long suffering housekeeper Bertha and Amy Nuttall who plays American stewardess Gloria.
Translated by Beverley Cross from Mark Camoletti’s original, Matthew Warchus’ production 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, which is produced in the West End by Sonia Friedman Productions, Act Productions, Matthew Byam Shaw, Robert G Bartner and Bob Boyett, is now booking until 20 October 2007.
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.
Elena Roger made her British stage debut in the title role of Evita at the Adelphi Theatre last year directed by Michael Grandage for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Actress in a musical. She has appeared in her native Buenos Aires in the original production of Nine, directed by David Leveaux, as well as Beauty and the Beast, as Fantine in Les Misérables and Annette in Saturday Night Fever. Her other work includes Fiddler on the Roof, Houdini and La Fiaca. In 2003 along with director Valeria Ambrosio, Elena Roger devised the multi award-winning Mina, che cosa sei in which she also starred. Her Argentinean television work includes Hombres de Honor and Pensionados and the comedy programme El Sodero de mi Vida.
Doon Mackichan is one of the countries most successful comdienes. Her extensive television comedy work includes the hugely popular Smack the Pony and Gladiatress - both of which she co-wrote and performed with Fiona Allen and Sally Phillips, as well as Nighty Nighty, Green Wing, Knowing Me, Knowing You … With Alan Partridge and The Mary Whitehouse Experience. Her other television work includes the satirical drama A Very Social Secretary in which she played Cherie Blair, Our Mutual Friend and the BBC’s new comedy drama The Calais Rules. Her theatre work includes A Respectable Wedding for the Young Vic, The Sacred Heart and Mother Courage for the National Theatre, A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Almeida Theatre and The Queen
and I for the Royal Court. Her film work includes With or Without You, Wild About Harry and The Borrowers.
Adrian Dunbar’s theatre work includes the title role in King Lear, Saved and Pope’s Wedding, all for the Royal Court, Pentecost for the Tricycle Theatre and Ghosts for the Young Vic. His film work includes Shooters, A World Apart, The Crying Game, Hear My Song and My Left Foot. His television work includes Cracker, Woman’s Guide to Adultery as well as starring opposite Ray Winstone in Tough Love for Granada TV.
On television Neil Stuke starred in the hugely popular BBC series, Game On and he is a regular in the BBC’s The Catherine Tate Show. His other prominent television work includes Elizabeth – The Virgin Queen, Murphy’s Law, Grafters and Silent Witness. His theatre work includes Blue/Orange at the Duchess, The Bullet at the Donmar Warehouse, American Buffalo for the Young Vic and Mojo for the Royal Court.